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Rules Committee, Florida State Senate

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The Rules Committee is a standing committee of the Florida State Senate. The committee also has a standing subcommittee on Ethics and Elections.

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

Function

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

The Rules Committee examines legislation in the following subject areas:
  • Claim bills, Internal operation of the legislature, Lobbyist conduct, Local bills, Proposed constitutional amendments, Public records bills, Regulation of members’ conduct, Reviser’s bills, Senate resolutions and Veto messages.[4]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Responsibilities of the Rules committee:

Upon a determination by the Rules Chair, or the President when the complaint is against the Rules Chair, that the complaint states facts supporting a finding of probable cause, the complaint shall be referred to a special master. The special master shall conduct an investigation, shall give reasonable notice to the Senator who is alleged to have violated the Rules and shall grant the Senator an opportunity to be heard unless the investigation fails to reveal facts supporting a finding of probable cause. A special master’s report and recommendation is advisory only and shall be presented to the Rules Chair, or the President when the complaint is against the Rules Chair, as soon as practicable after the close of the investigation. If the special master’s report and recommendation conclude that the facts do not support a finding of probable cause, the complaint shall be dismissed by the Rules Chair, or the President when the complaint is against the Rules Chair. If the complaint is not dismissed, the Rules Committee shall consider the special master’s report and recommendation, shall grant the Senator an opportunity to be heard, and shall develop its own recommendation. If the complaint is against the Rules Chair, the chair is excused and the vice chair shall conduct the deliberation. If the Rules Committee votes to dismiss the complaint, the Rules Chair or vice chair shall dismiss the complaint. Otherwise, the special master’s report and recommendation and the recommendation of the Rules Committee shall be presented to the President. The President shall present the committee’s recommendation, along with the special master’s report and recommendation, to the Senate for final action.[5]

Committee members

2013-2014

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

Rules Members, 2013
Democratic members (5)Republican members (10)
Christopher Smith, Vice-chairJohn Thrasher, Chair
Gwen MargolisLizbeth Benacquisto
Bill MontfordMiguel Diaz de la Portilla
Jeremy RingBill Galvano
Eleanor SobelAndy Gardiner
Jack Latvala
Tom Lee
Joe Negron
Garrett Richter
David Simmons

2011-2012

The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.

2009-2010

The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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