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Joint Committee on Public Counsel Oversight, Florida State Legislature

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The Public Counsel Oversight Committee is a joint committee of the Florida Legislature.

Per the Joint Rules, joint committees of the Florida State Legislature are assigned by the Speaker in the House and by the President in the Senate. The President of the Senate shall appoint a member of the Senate to serve as the chair, and the Speaker shall appoint a member of the House to serve as vice-chair for the Legislative Auditing Committee, the Committee on Public Counsel Oversight and the Administrative Procedures Committee. The chair and vice-chair of these committees will serve from the organization session until noon on December 1 of the calendar year following the general election. The Speaker shall appoint a member of the House to serve as the chair, and the President of the Senate shall appoint a member of the Senate to serve as vice chair for the Legislative Auditing Committee, the Committee on Public Counsel Oversight and the Administrative Procedures Committee.[1] The chair and vice-chair of these committees will serve from the organization session until noon on December 1 of the calendar year following the general election. The majority of members in each house make up a joint committees quorum.[2]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Joint Rules 2012-2014

Function

Special Powers and Duties of the Committee on Public Counsel Oversight:
(1) The Committee on Public Counsel Oversight shall appoint a Public Counsel.
(2) The Committee on Public Counsel Oversight may file a complaint with the Commission on Ethics alleging a violation of chapter 350, Florida Statutes, by a current or former public service commissioner, an employee of the Public Service Commission, or a member of the Public Service Commission Nominating Council.
(3) Notwithstanding Joint Rule 4.4(2), the Committee on Public Counsel Oversight shall not have any permanent staff but shall be served as needed by other legislative staff selected by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.[3][4]

Membership

2015 legislative session

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

Joint Committee on Public Counsel Oversight Members, 2015
Democratic members (3)Republican members (6)
Christopher Smith, ChairBill Hager, Chair
Lori BermanHalsey Beshears
Darren SotoDane Eagle
Jeff Brandes
Dorothy L. Hukill
Kelli Stargel

2013-2014

The following tables describe committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

House

Senate

2011-2012

The following tables describe committee membership at the beginning of the 2011 legislative session.

House

Senate

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