Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Committee, Florida State Senate

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The Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Committee is a standing committee of the Florida State Senate.

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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]

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Function

The Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Committee examines legislation in the following subject areas:
  • Energy, Water and waste water, Natural gas, Communications and Utility infrastructure during emergencies.[4][5]
Powers and responsibilities of committees:

(1) Permanent standing committees and standing subcommittees are authorized:

(a) To maintain a continuous review of the work of the state agencies concerned with their subject areas and the performance of the functions of government within each subject area;
(b) To invite public officials, employees, and private individuals to appear before the committees or subcommittees to submit information;
(c) To request reports from departments performing functions reasonably related to the committees’ jurisdictions; and
(d) To complete the interim work assigned by the President.

(2) In standing subcommittee has the reasonable right and authority to inspect and investigate the books, records, papers, documents, data, operation, and physical plant of any public agency in this state.
(3) In order to carry out the committee’s duties, the chair of each standing committee, standing subcommittee, and select committee may request the President to issue subpoenas, subpoenas duces tecum, and order to carry out its duties, each standing committee or other necessary process to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of any books, letters, or other documentary evidence required by such committee. The President may issue said process at the request of the committee chair. Any member of a standing committee, standing subcommittee, or select committee may administer all oaths and affirmations, in the manner prescribed by law, to witnesses who appear before such committees to testify in any matter requiring evidence.[6][5]

Committee members

2015 legislative session

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

Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities Members, 2015
Democratic members (3)Republican members (6)
Joseph AbruzzoDenise Grimsley, Chair
Audrey GibsonDorothy L. Hukill, Vice chair
Maria Lorts SachsRob Bradley
Charles Dean
Greg Evers
Rene Garcia

2013-2014

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

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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