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DeSantis To Bring Group Of Nearly 100 On Israel Trip

Ryan Dailey

A group just shy of 100 people will accompany Governor Ron DeSantis and the rest of the Florida cabinet on a trip to Isreal this weekend. That group includes leaders in academia and business, lobbyists and state agency heads.

DeSantis is billing it as a "historic" business development trip that will last nearly an entire week, and include a meeting of the Florida Cabinet.

Six state legislators will be in tow. From the Senate, Republican Wilton Simpson and Democrat Lauren Book will attend. The House is sending republicans Randy Fine, Chris Sprowls and Chip Lamarca, as well as Democratic Representative Joe Geller.

Heads of a number of state agencies like Visit Florida, Space Florida and the Division of Emergency Management also will be along for the trip. Nearly 25 representatives from state universities, and one from a state college, will also be part of the group. And from the private sector, a mix of CEOs, lobbyists and

There’s been no word from the Governor’s office yet as to what the trip will cost. Barbara Petersen, who heads the First Amendment Foundation, has expressed concern that holding a cabinet meeting on the Israel trip may violate open government law.

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.