Appropriations Committee, Florida State Senate

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The Appropriations Committee is a standing committee of the Florida State Senate.

Per the Senate Rules, committees of the Florida State Senate are assigned by the President of the Senate.[1] The rules do not specify when or how often committees are assigned. The President shall appoint a chair and vice-chair for each standing committee and subcommittee.[2] A majority makes up a committee's quorum.[3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Senate Rules and Manual 2012-2014


The Appropriations Committee annually prepares the state’s budget through the General Appropriations Act (GAA) and has jurisdiction over legislation having a fiscal impact, affecting revenues, or containing an appropriation. The GAA determines the amounts state agencies, the Legislature, and the state court system may spend for salaries, personnel, contracted services, expenses, and fixed capital outlay and provides funding for public schools, Florida colleges, and state universities each fiscal year. The committee also develops and recommends to the Senate the implementing bill and conforming bills, as needed, to facilitate implementation of the GAA. During the interim, the committee reviews all Executive Branch and Judicial Branch budget amendments in accordance with Chapter 216 and other statutes governing the state budgetary process.

The committee provides staff for the Legislative Budget Commission. Committee staff also serves as principals of statutorily created Consensus Estimating Conferences affecting the state budget and, in conjunction with staff from the House Appropriations Committee, develops the constitutionally required Three Year Financial Outlook, which the Legislative Budget Commission must approve each year by September 15th.[4][5]

Committee Members

2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Appropriations Members, 2015
Democratic members (5)Republican members (14)
Arthenia JoynerTom Lee, Chair
Gwen MargolisLizbeth Benacquisto, Vice chair
Bill MontfordThad Altman
Jeremy RingAnitere Flores
Christopher SmithDon Gaetz
Bill Galvano
Rene Garcia
Denise Grimsley
Alan Hays
Dorothy L. Hukill
Jack Latvala
Joe Negron
Garrett Richter
David Simmons


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

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