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        Tuesday, November 16
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Full Text

of the

House of Representatives

Organization Session
November 16, 1982

of the
Seventy-first House
since Statehood in 1845

[Democrats in Roman (84); Republicans in Italic (36)]

District District
Part of Escambia Parts of Citrus, Marion
1 Thomas J. "Tom" Tobiassen, Gonzalez 26 Dick Locke, Inverness
Part of Escambia Parts of Lake, Marion, Putnam, Seminole, Volusia
2 Virginia "Ginger" Bass, Pensacola 27 Bobby Brantley, Longwood
Parts of Escambia, Santa Rosa Part of Volusia
3 Grover C. Robinson, III, Pensacola 28 Samuel P. Bell, III, Ormond Beach
Part of Volusia
Parts of Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa 9 T.K. Wetherell, Port Orange
4 Bolley L. "Bo" Johnson, Milton
Part of Volusia
Parts of Okaloosa, Walton 30 Tom C. Brown, Port Orange
5 James G. Ward, Fort Walton Beach
Part of Bay Part of Brevard
Part of Bay "R31 Winston W. "Bud" Gardner, Jr., Titusville
6 Ronald Clyde "Ron Johnson, Panama City
Part of Brevard
Holmes, Washington and parts of Bay, Jackson, Walton 32 Timothy D. "Tim" Deratany, ndiaantic
7 Sam Mitchell, Vernon
Part of Brevard
Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf and parts of Bay, Franklin, 33 Marilyn B. Evans-Jones, Mebourne
8 James Harold Thompson, Quincy Parts of Brevard, Orange, Seminole
34 Carl Selph, Casselberry
Liberty and parts of Franklin, Leon, Wakulla 34 Carl Selph, Casselberry
9 Alfred J. "Al" Lawson, Jr., Tallahassee Part of Seminole
Part of Leon 35 Arthur E. "Art" Grindle, Altamonte Springs
10 Herbert F. "Herb" Morgan, Tallahassee Parts of Orange, Seminole
Dixie, Gilchrist, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Taylor 36 Thomas B. Tom" Drage, Jr., Orlando
and parts of Citrus, Marion, Wakulla Part of Orange
11 Gene Hodges, Cedar Key 37 Richard "Rich" Crotty, Orlando
Columbia, Hamilton, Madison, Suwannee Part of Orange
12 Wayne Hollingsworth, Lake City 38 Bruce McEwan, Orlando
Baker, Nassau, Union and parts of Bradford, Duval Part of Orange
13 George A. Crady, Yulee 39 Fran Carlton, Orlando
Part of Duval Part of Orange
14 Carl Ogden, Jacksonville 40 Alzo J. Reddick, Orlando
Part of Duval Part of Orange
15 Steve Pajcic, Jacksonville 41 Daniel Webster, Orlando
Part of Duval Parts of Osceola, Polk
16 John Thomas, Jacksonville 42 C. Fred Jones, Auburndale
Part of Duval Part of Polk
17 Corrine Brown, Jacksonville 43 Richard E. "Rick" Dantzler, Winter Haven
Part of Duval Part of Polk
18 John W. Lewis, III, Jacksonville 44 Gene Ready, Lakeland
Parts of Duval, St. Johns Part of Polk
19 William G. "Bill" Bankhead, Jacksonville 45 Beverly B. Burnsed, Lakeland
Part of Duval Parts of Lake, Sumter
20 Thomas L. "Tommy" Hazouri, Jacksonville 46 Everett A. Kelly, Astatula
Clay and parts of Bradford, St. Johns Hernando and parts of Pasco, Sumter
21 Frank Williams, Crystal Lake 47 Charles R. "Chuck" Smith, Brooksville
Flagler and parts of Putnam, St. Johns Part of Pasco
22 Hamilton D. Upchurch, St. Augustine 48 Raymond B. "Ray" Stewart, Zephyrhills
Parts of Alac ua, Putnam Part of Pasco
23 Sidney "Sid" Martin, Hawthorne 49 Ronald R. "Ron" Richmond, Holiday

Part of Alachua Parts of Pasco, Pinellas
24 Jon L. Mills, Gainesville 50 Peter M. "Pete" Dunbar, Crystal Beach
Part of Marion Part of Pinellas
25 Christian "Chris" Meffert, Ocala 51 Byron Combee, Clearwater

Part of Pinellas
52 Betty Easley, Largo
Part of Pinellas
53 Dennis L. Jones, Treasure Island
Part of Pinellas
54 Dorothy Eaton Sample, St. Petersburg
Part of Pinellas
55 Douglas L. "Doug" Jamerson, St. Petersburg
Part of Pinellas
56 Peter Rudy Wallace, St. Petersburg
Part of Pinellas
57 Patricia L. Bailey, Pinellas Park
Part of Pinellas
58 T. M. "Tom" Woodruff St. Petersburg
Part of Hillsborough
59 John A. Grant, Jr., Tampa
Part of Hillsborough
60 Mary Figg, Lutz
Parts of Hillsborough, Pasco
61 Carl Carpenter, Jr., Plant City
Part of Hillsborough
62 S. L. "Spud" Clements, Jr., Brandon
Part of Hillsborough
63 James T. "Jim" Hargrett, Jr., Tampa
Part of Hillsborough
64 Helen Gordon Davis, Tampa
Part of Hillsborough
65 Elvin L. Martinez, Tampa
Part of Hillsborough
66 H. Lee Moffitt, Tampa
Hardee and part of Manatee
67 Lawrence F. "Larry" Shackelford, Palmetto
Part of Manatee
68 Peggy Simone, Bradenton
Parts of Manatee, Sarasota
69 Thomas E. "Tom" Danson, Jr., Sarasota
Part of Sarasota
70 Robert M. "Bob" Johnson, Sarasota
Parts of Charlotte, Sarasota
71 Frederic H. "Fred" Burrall, Port Charlotte
Parts of Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee
72 Vernon Peeples, Punta Gorda
Part of Lee
73 J. Keith Arnold, Fort Myers
Part of Lee
74 Fred R. Dudley, Fort Myers
Parts of Collier, Lee
75 Mary Ellen Hawkins, Naples
Glades, Hendry, Highlands and parts of Collier, De-
Soto, Okeechobee
76 Bert J. Harris, Jr., Lake Placid

Parts of Brevard, Indian River, Okeechobee, Osceola,
St. Lucie
77 Irlo "Bud" Bronson, Jr., Kissimmee

Parts of Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie
78 R. Dale Patchett, Vero Beach
Parts of Martin, St. Lucie
79 Charles L. "Chuck" Nergard, Port St. Lucie
Parts of Martin, Palm Beach
80 James C. "Jim" Hill, Jr., Jupiter
Part of Palm Beach
81 James L. "Jim" Watt, Lake Park
Part of Palm Beach
82 Ray Liberti, West Palm Beach
Part of Palm Beach
83 Eleanor Weinstock, Palm Beach
Part of Palm Beach
84 Edward J. "Ed" Healey, West Palm Beach
Part of Palm Beach
85 Frank S. Messersmith, Lake Worth
Part of Palm Beach
86 Steve Press, Delray Beach
Parts of Broward, Palm Beach
87 Carol G. Hanson, Boca Raton
Part of Broward
88 Jack N. Tobin, Margate
Part of Broward
89 Joe Titone, Coral Springs
Part of Broward
90 Peter R. Deutsch, Sunrise
Part of Broward
91 Bill Clark, Lauderdale Lakes
Part of Broward
92 Robert J. "Bob" Shelley, Pompano Beach
Part of Broward
93 Deborah P. "Debby" Sanderson, Fort Lauderdale
Part of Broward
94 Tom Gustafson, Fort Lauderdale
Part of Broward
95 Anne Mackenzie, Fort Lauderdale
Part of Broward
96 Thomas H. Armstrong, Plantation
Part of Broward
97 Frederick "Fred" Lippman, Hollywood
Part of Broward
98 David J. Lehman, Hollywood
Part of Broward
99 Walter C. "Walt" Young, Pembroke Pines
Parts of Broward, Dade
100 Ronald A. "Ron" Silver, North Miami Beach
Part of Dade
101 Michael I. "Mike" Abrams, Miami
Part of Dade
102 Elaine Gordon, Miami
Part of Dade
103 Michael Friedman, Miami Beach

Part of Dade
104 Barry Kutun, Miami Beach

Part of Dade
105 Harold W. "Hal" Spaet, Miami Beach
Part of Dade
106 Jefferson "Jeff" Reaves, Sr., Miami
Part of Dade
107 James C. "Jim" Burke, Miami
Part of Dade
108 Willie Logan, Jr., Opa Locka
Part of Dade
109 Robert R. "Bob" Reynolds, Hialeah
Part of Dade
110 Ileana Ros, Miami
Part of Dade
111 Roberto Casas, Hialeah
Part of Dade
112 John F. Cosgrove, Coral Gables

Part of Dade
113 Humberto J. Cortina, Miami
Part of Dade
114 Elizabeth "Betty" Metcalf, Coral Gables
Part of Dade
115 Tim Murphy, Miami
Part of Dade
116 Art Simon, Miami
Part of Dade
117 C. Thomas "Tom" Gallagher, III, Coconut Grove
Part of Dade
118 Dexter W. Lehtinen, Miami
Part of Dade
119 Lawrence R. "Larry" Hawkins, Miami
Monroe and part of Dade
120 Joseph B. "Joe" Allen, Jr., Key West


Speaker-H. Lee Moffitt
Speaker pro tempore-Steve Pajcic

Clerk-Allen Morris
Sergeant at Arms-Wayne Westmark

'tM e Journal OF THE

iHouse of Iepreseqtatives


Tuesday, November 16, 1982

Journal of the House of Representatives for the Organization Session of the Seventy-first House since Statehood in
1845, convened under the Constitution, begun and held at the Capitol in the City of Tallahassee, in the State of
Florida, on Tuesday, November 16, 1982, being the day fixed by the Constitution for the purpose.

Under Rule 3.1, Dr. Allen Morris, Clerk of the preceding session,
delegated the duties of temporary presiding officer to the Honorable
Ralph H. Haben, Jr., retiring Speaker. Mr. Haben called the House to
order at 10:00 a.m.
The following certified list of Members elected to the House of Repre-
sentatives was received:
I, GEORGE FIRESTONE, Secretary of State of the State of Florida,
do hereby certify that the following Members of the House of Represen-
tatives were elected at the General Election held on the Second day of
November, A. D., 1982, as shown by the election returns on file in this

1-Tom Tobiassen, Gonzalez
2-Virginia Bass, Pensacola
3-Grover C. Robinson, III, Pensacola
4-Bolley "Bo" Johnson, Milton
5-James G. Ward, Fort Walton Beach
6-Ron Johnson, Panama City
7-Sam Mitchell, Vernon
8-James Harold Thompson, Quincy
9-Al Lawson, Tallahassee
10-Herbert F. (Herb) Morgan, Tallahassee
11-Gene Hodges, Cedar Key
12-Wayne Hollingsworth, Lake City
13-George A. Crady, Yulee
14-Carl Ogden, Jacksonville
15-Steve Pajcic, Jacksonville
16-John Thomas, Jacksonville
17-Corrine Brown, Jacksonville
18-John Lewis, Jacksonville
19-William G. "Bill" Bankhead, Jacksonville
20-Tommy Hazouri, Jacksonville
21-Frank Williams, Starke
22-Hamilton D. Upchurch, St. Augustine
23-Sidney Martin, Hawthorne
24-Jon Mills, Gainesville
25-Christian "Chris" Meffert, Ocala
26-Dick Locke, Inverness
27-Bobby Brantley, Longwood
28-Samuel P. Bell I, Daytona Beach
29-T. K. Wetherell, Port Orange
30-Tom C. Brown, Port Orange
31-Winston W. "Bud" Gardner, Titusville
32-Tim Deratany, Indialantic
33-Marilyn Evans-Jones, Melbourne
34-Carl Selph, Casselberry
35-Art Grindle, Altamonte Springs
36-Tom Drage, Jr., Orlando
37-Richard Crotty, Orlando


38-Bruce McEwan, Orlando
39-Fran Carlton, Orlando
40-Alzo J. Reddick, Orlando
41-Daniel Webster, Orlando
42-C. Fred Jones, Auburndale
43-Rick Dantzler, Winter Haven
44-Gene Ready, Lakeland
45-Beverly B. Burnsed, Lakeland
46-Everett Kelly, Tavares
47-Charles R. "Chuck" Smith, Brooksville
48-Raymond B. (Ray) Stewart, Zephyrhills
49-Ronald R. Richmond, Holiday
50-Peter Dunbar, Dunedin
51-Byron Combee, Clearwater
52-Betty Easley, Largo
53-Dennis L. Jones, Treasure Island
54-Dorothy Eaton Sample, St. Petersburg
55-Doug "Tim" Jamerson, St. Petersburg
56-Peter Rudy Wallace, St. Petersburg
57-'Patricia L. "Pat" Bailey, Pinellas Park
58-T. M. "Tom" Woodruff, St. Petersburg
59-John Grant, Tampa
60-Mary Figg, Lutz
61-Carl Carpenter, Jr., Plant City
62-S. L. "Spud" Clements, Brandon
63-James T. (Jim) Hargrett, Jr., Tampa
64-Helen Gordon Davis, Tampa
65-Elvin L. Martinez, Tampa
66-H. Lee Moffitt, Tampa
67-Lawrence F. Shackelford, Palmetto
68-Peggy Simone, Bradenton
69-Thomas E. Danson, Jr., Sarasota
70-Bob Johnson, Sarasota
71-Fred Burrall, Punta Gorda
72-Vernon Peeples, Punta Gorda
73-J. Keith Arnold, Ft. Myers
74-Fred R. Dudley, Cape Coral
75-Mary Ellen Hawkins, Naples
76-Bert J. Harris, Lake Placid
77-Irlo "Bud" Bronson, Kissimmee
78-R. Dale Patchett, Vero Beach
79-Charles (Chuck) Nergard, Port St. Lucie
80-James C. Hill, Jr., Jupiter
81-Jim Watt, Lake Park
82-Ray Liberti, West Palm Beach
83-Eleanor Weinstock, Palm Beach
84-Ed Healey, West Palm Beach
85-Frank S. Messersmith, Lake Worth
86-Steve Press, Delray Beach
87-Carol G. Hanson, Boca Raton
88-Jack N. Tobin, Margate
89-Joe Titone, Coral Springs
90-Peter Deutsch, Sunrise
91-Bill Clark, Lauderdale Lakes
92-Robert J. "Bob" Shelley, Pompano Beach
93-Debby Sanderson, Ft. Lauderdale


94-Tom Gustafson, Ft. Lauderdale
95-Anne Mackenzie, Ft. Lauderdale
96-Thomas H. Armstrong, Plantation
97-Fred Lippman, Hollywood
98-David J. Lehman, Hollywood
99-Walter C. "Walt" Young, Pembroke Pines
100-Ronald (Ron) A. Silver, North Miami Beach
101-Mike Abrams, Miami
102-Elaine Gordon, Miami
103-Michael Friedman, Miami Beach
104-Barry Kutun, Miami Beach
105-Harold (Hal) Spaet, Miami Beach
106-Jefferson Reaves, Sr., Miami
107-James Burke, Miami
108-Willie Logan, Jr., Opa Locka
109-Bob Reynolds, Miami Lakes
110-Ileana Ros, Miami
111-Roberto Casas, Hialeah
112-John Cosgrove, Miami
113-Humberto Cortina, Miami
114-Elizabeth (Betty) Metcalf, Coral Gables
115-Tim Murphy, Miami
116-Art Simon, Miami
117-Tom Gallagher, Miami
118-Dexter Lehtinen, Miami
119-Larry Hawkins, Miami
120-Joe Allen, Key West

SGIVEN under my hand and the Great
Seal of the State of Florida at Talla-
s hassee, the Capitol, this 10th day of
November, A. D., 1982.
Swa Secretary of State

The following Members were recorded present:

Brown, C.
Brown, T. C.

Hawkins, L. R.
Hawkins, M. E.
Johnson, B. L.
Johnson, R. C.
Johnson, R. M.
Jones, C. F.
Jones, D. L.



A quorum was present.

Prayer was offered by Father John Mangrum, Rector of St. David's in
the Pines Episcopal Church, West Palm Beach.

The Members pledged allegiance to the Flag, led by the following
representatives of veterans organizations: Jack Weiss, State Commander,
Veterans of Foreign Wars; Sam Mindel, State Commander, Jewish War
Veterans; Herman Capen, Vice Commander, American Legion; Forest

Kidwell, Senior Vice Commander, Disabled American Veterans; H. B.
"Pete" Peterson, Northwest District Vice Commandant, Marine Corps
League; Colonel William E. Byerts, Jr., U. S. Air Force (retired), Florida
Council of the Retired Officers Association; Tim Kerns, President of the
Tallahassee Chapter, Vietnam Veterans of America; and Katie Tucker,
Lt. Commander, Reserve Officers Association.

House Physician
The Chair introduced Dr. Jan Judisch of Tampa, who was serving in
the Clinic today.

Oath Taken by Members
The Members, in groups of five, went to the well where the Oath of
Office prescribed by the Constitution was administered to them by Jus-
tice Ben F. Overton of the Supreme Court.

Election of the Speaker

The Chair announced that nominations would now be received for
Speaker of the House of Representatives for a term of two years begin-
ning today.

Remarks by Rep. Bell
Rep. Bell nominated the Honorable H. Lee Moffitt for Speaker with
the following remarks:
Mr. Speaker, former Speaker Hyatt Brown, Mr. Justice Overton,
Members of the Florida House of Representatives and guests: "To every
thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A
time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up
that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break
down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time
to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to
gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from
embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time
to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence,
and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war,
and a time of peace." Mr. Speaker-designate Moffitt, that is the same
passage from Ecclesiastes which I read when I had the privilege of
seconding the nomination of Hyatt Brown as the Speaker of this House
of Representatives and today I read that again to signify my esteem for
you and to signify for you my feeling, which I believe is shared by the
Members of this House, of your importance at this time.
As I said in Tampa at our Democratic Caucus, we are beginning a
new day today. This is a time to look forward. This is a new decade and
Lee Moffitt is a new leader to lead the new leaders of this generation.
You here today in this Chamber who have been selected by the citizens
of the State of Florida are the new leaders. We have been charged by
the citizens of the State of Florida to seek solutions to the problems, not
only of today but of tomorrow, and who is more fitting to lead this new
Legislature than Lee Moffitt, who was the architect ofreapportionment-
the plan that brought us here today together. It is due largely to the
tenacity of Lee Moffitt that you are here and that this body is made up
as it is. As we sit here today there are 44 new Members in this Cham-
ber; there are 19 women; there are ten blacks, four Hispanics; there are
120 of us who were elected from single-member districts.

Maybe as important, and possibly more important, we are dealing
with a Senate that was elected from single-member districts, a Senate
with nine women, a Senate with two blacks-the first blacks to serve in
that Chamber since Reconstruction-and a Senate, all of whom had to
run during this last election. There's no question about it; it was due to
the steadfastness, the raw courage and the tenacity of Lee Moffitt that
we are here together today looking to the future.
John F. Kennedy once said, "It is not difficult to do what is right. It is
difficult to know what is right." And, ladies and gentlemen, I submit to
you that Lee Moffitt is a person who understands and knows what is
right. And the reason for that is that Lee Moffitt has captured the spirit
and soul of the people of this state and I sincerely believe that, if we

November 16, 1982



elect and stand behind Lee Moffitt, as we look to the future of Florida
that Florida will be a better place for our children and our children's
Lee Moffitt is a man of true political and personal courage. Lee
Moffitt is a person with great compassion. I look forward to being with
you, Members of a House of Representatives led by Speaker Lee Moffitt.
And, Mr. Speaker, at this time it is my sincere privilege to place in
nomination the name of Lee Moffitt for Speaker of the House of

Remarks by Rep. Carpenter
Rep. Carpenter seconded the nomination of Rep. Moffitt for Speaker
with the following remarks:
Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to rise and
second the nomination of Lee Moffitt as our Speaker. As a fellow native
son of Hillsborough County, I am especially proud to have one of our
own assume the mantle of leadership for our state.
I've been authorized today by Mayor Bob Martinez to declare Lee as
Tampa's favorite son. A lifelong resident of Tampa, Lee was educated in
our public schools and graduated from Plant High School. He was a
member of the first graduating class of the University of South Florida
before going off to take his law degree at the Cumberland College of
Law. He returned to Tampa, where he is in the practice of law, and has
represented the City of Tampa in the House for the last eight years.

While Lee is a young man, he is also wise beyond his years. His
wisdom was earned of necessity, the necessity of rising to meet the
challenges of life. Lee has faced the challenge of education and made
the most of every opportunity to learn about his fellow man and is the
wiser for it. He has faced the challenges of marriage, family, and career
and has earned the rewards of each. He has faced the challenge of
public service and risen to the Speakership of this House. He has faced
the challenge of leadership and forged a reapportionment plan unmatched
in our nation for its fairness and equity. And he has faced the ultimate
challenge that is before all of us, and summoned the courage to press
on, when lesser men would despair.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are afforded today the opportunity to select
as our leader a wise man, a strong man, a courageous man, but most of
all a good and decent human being, a man I am proud to call my friend
and whose friendship has made me a better man. I second the nomina-
tion of Lee Moffitt of Tampa for Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Remarks i;y Rep. Thompson
Rep. The,. -son seconded the nomination of Rep. Moffitt for Speaker
with the following remarks:
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Greetings to Justice Overton and Hyatt and
Cici Brown, families and friends of all of us. It is a great day for the
Florida House of Representatives, as it is a great day for Lee Moffitt
and his family. You know, in seconding for the second time a nomina-
tion for a person like this, you can just imagine that so many of the good
things about him have been said. I know that many of you have heard
me say that I have been through many experiences with my personal
friend, Lee Moffitt. We came to the House of Representatives together.
I've seen Lee Moffitt in his law office and in his legislative office. I've
seen him in those leadership battles where real tears are shed. I've seen
him accept success with humility and I've seen him work harder if it
appeared he might fail. And in all those things, when some of the rest of
us said, "Well, why don't we do it this way," Lee Moffitt always used
this one phrase, "Take the high road." As we approach two years of
dealing with serious transportation problems and serious education
problems and serious natural resources and environmental problems
and all of the things that come from the growth rate that we know we'
are going to experience in Florida, we will have somebody at the helm
of this House who will always encourage us. In fact, he will always
require us to take the high road, and I think that places on us an

November 16, 1982


I remember that when I came to, I guess, the first caucus that I ever
came to in this House, that the Speaker then quoted a little part of a
poem and I doubt if I can remember it, so if I bungle it I'm just going to
explain it to you. But it was out of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book and
the law of the jungle was being laid down and he said:
"Now this is the Law of the Jungle-as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that
shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward
and back-
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the
Wolf is the Pack."
We have a strong individual in Lee Moffitt to lead us, but that strong
individual has to rely on each of us as individuals, and if we are strong
and we fulfill our obligations to Lee Moffitt, he will fulfill those obliga-
tions to us and we will have the great House of Representatives that I
know we will have. Mr. Speaker, it is with a great deal of pride and
humility that I second the nomination of Lee Moffitt. Thank you.
The Chair presented former Speaker Hyatt Brown and his wife, Cici,
who were present as guests of Representative Moffitt.

Remarks by Rep. Easley
Rep. Easley nominated the Honorable Ronald R. Richmond for Speaker
with the following remarks:
Mr. Speaker, I had written a marvelous speech, a speech full of
oratorical gymnastics and verbal magnificence, a speech destined for
permanence in the pages of history, but a speech, alas, designed for 52,
not 36. So I have rewritten my speech, Mr. Speaker. [Laughter]
Nevertheless, Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, dis-
tinguished guests, families and friends: I am pleased and honored to
day to have the opportunity to place in nomination for the office of
Speaker the name of one of our Republican colleagues, Ronald R. Rich-
mond, a gentleman who has served in these Chambers since 1972 and
has been one of the influential voices in leadership during that time.
This has been evidenced by his election in consecutive years for the
Allen Morris Awards as Runner-up for Most Effective Member in Com-
mittee, Runner-up for Most Effective Member in Debate, and Runner-
up for Most Effective in the House. His knowledge of the Rules and of
the working of this legislative process have benefited not only his
constituents, but those of us who have worked with him over the years.
Ron has served as Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and as
Chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer, Probate & Family Law,
as well as the Subcommittee on Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco.

For those of you who may be meeting Ron for the first time, I've
known him for long before our freshman class of 1972 and, while he
made me promise not to tell you everything I know, I would like to
share with you that he's an attorney, having graduated from Stetson
Law School. He lives with his wife, Eileen, and their two sons in
Holiday and practices law in New Port Richey. He represents West
Pasco County and has served as Co-chairman of the Pasco Delegation for
the last ten years.

You know, during this period since November 2, those of you who are
joining this body for the first time are being bombarded with advice,
information, and more pieces of paper than you probably care to talk
about. But probably the two things that you have heard repeated most
frequently are: (1) know the Rules and (2) when you give your word,
keep it. Ron, with other of our colleagues here, exemplifies the effec-
tiveness of this advice and the advisability of heeding it very carefully.
Ron does not speak often on the floor as one might expect of a Member
with his seniority, but he stays continuously busy, constantly aware of
the proceedings here in the Chamber ell as in Committee, and in
touch with all of the Members on both sides of the political aisle. He is
recognized as being the Minority Party's expert on the Rules. For all of
these reasons and some very personal ones, it is my distinct privilege


and my honor, Mr. Speaker, to place in nomination for the office of
Speaker of the Florida House the name of the Honorable Ronald R.
Richmond. Thank you.

Remarks by Rep. Gallagher
Rep. Gallagher seconded the nomination of Rep. Richmond for Speaker
with the following remarks:
Mr. Speaker and Members of the House, it is with great enthusiasm
that I stand here today to second the nomination of Ronald R. Rich-
mond. Ron Richmond offers a strong, decisive leadership that will guide
us to find the solutions of the many problems that we face today. Ron
Richmond will lead the fight to see that our state government shall and
will become more fiscally responsible. Ron Richmond is prepared to see
that agencies such as the Department of Transportation, Health &
Rehabilitative Services, will be made fully accountable to this legisla-
tive body. Ron Richmond is eager to see that this Legislature shall and
will meet the transportation needs of our state. Ron Richmond is pre-
pared to see that this legislative body shall and will enact laws that will
remove the criminals from our streets and make our families and neigh-
borhoods safe again. I'm proud to be a friend and a colleague of Ron
Richmond and I'm proud to stand here today and second the nomination
of Ron Richmond to be the Speaker of the Florida House. Thank you.

Representatives Moffitt and Richmond were declared the nominees
for Speaker. When the votes were cast for Speaker, the result was:


Brown, C.
Brown, T. C.
Rep. Moffitt abst


Hawkins, L. R.
Johnson, B. L.
Johnson, R. C.
Jones, C. F.



Hawkins, M. E.
Johnson, R. M.
Jones, D. L.



Rep. Richmond abstained.

Rep. Richmond moved that a unanimous vote be cast for Rep. Moffitt,
which was agreed to, and Rep. Moffitt was declared the duly elected
Speaker of the House for a term of two years beginning today.
On motion by Rep. Morgan, the Chair appointed Representatives
Martinez, Kutun, Davis, Mills, and Gustafson as a committee to escort
Rep. Moffitt and his family to the rostrum.
Justice Overton administered the Oath of Office to the Speaker. The
Chair presented the Speaker's wife, Karen and their daughter, Jenny;
his mother, Mrs. Clara Moffitt; and his father, Mr. B. B. Moffitt. Mr.

November 16, 1982

Haben then presented the new Speaker to the membership and handed
to him the gavel signifying his authority. The committee escorted the
family members to their seats.


Rep. Moffitt, in accepting the gavel, said: "Thank you Sam, Carl, and
James Harold. I deeply appreciate your kind remarks and I will cherish
the memory of your words for the rest of my life. I am indeed a very
fortunate man. I have had the love and support of my wife, Karen, and
the love and guidance of a truly wonderful mother and father. I can't
begin to thank them enough for their encouragement. I have put them
through a lot over the years and they have always been there when I
needed them.

"I particularly want to thank the people of the City of Tampa. By
electing me, they have allowed me the great privilege to serve in the
finest Legislature in the United States. I will work hard to maintain
their trust and confidence. I am also fortunate to have many dear
friends and business associates who have never faltered in their friend-
ship to me. Many of them have traveled from Tampa to be with me
today and I am grateful and honored by their presence. To former
Speaker Terrell Sessums and former President of the Senate Louis de la
Parte, both of Tampa, special thanks for your counsel and advice over
the years. I hope I can do half the job you did when you served in the
"To Hyatt Brown and to Ralph, I sure wish you could be with me
these next two years. And my dear friend, Sam Bell, I will never forget
those early days in our legislative careers when we four dreamed what
might be possible and then, to our surprise, found out that it all was
possible. Even though we never know when, or how, I guess that it does
all work out. To Herb Morgan and James Harold Thompson, who came
to me early on and urged me to run for Speaker, thank you both very
much. To Father Mangrum, who married Karen and me, my thanks for
again being a part of my life. To Mark Herron, Mary Jo Phillips, Carol
Palomino, and the other staff of the House that I've had the opportunity
to work with over the years, I could not have made it without your help.
And to each Member of this House, I offer my sincere appreciation for
the honor you have bestowed upon me by selecting me to be your
Speaker. I will do my best to justify your trust. And finally, to my
daughter Jenny, I hope that one day when she looks back, she can take
pride in the job that her old Dad has done these next two years. Thank
you all. I'm most, most grateful."

Election of the Speaker pro tempore

The Speaker announced that nominations would now be received for
Speaker pro tempore of the House of Representatives for a term of two
years beginning today.

Remarks by Rep. Hazouri
Rep. Hazouri nominated the Honorable Steve Pajcic for Speaker pro
tempore with the following remarks:
Mr. Speaker, Justice Overton, ladies and gentlemen of this honorable
body, present and past, families and friends of the leadership nominees
and visitors in the gallery: This is the second opportunity I've had to
stand before you to nominate a close friend and colleague of mine
Speaker pro tempore for 1982-1984, and it still remains one of the
greatest privileges I've had since first being elected to this august body.
In a House that represents so many walks of life, persons from such
diverse demographic areas of this great State of Florida, I am indeed
honored to nominate here today a gentleman who epitomizes Florida's
version of the renaissance man, Stephen John Pajcic, III.

Steve Pajcic, like our Speaker, was singled out in our freshman year
in the fall of 1974 by The St Petersburg Times as a rising star for the
future of Florida. He has certainly lived up to those expectations and
has become an affixed part of the galaxy of legislative stalwarts. From
his early years as a high school student in Jacksonville, Steve Pajcic



excelled both academically and, like his famed brother Gary, as an
all-star in athletic competition. His all-star status continued, academi-
cally at least, as an undergraduate at Princeton University, where he
graduated magna cum laude in 1968, and as a law school graduate at
Harvard, where he graduated cum laude in 1971.
In November, 1974, along with 40 other Representatives, including
myself, Steve Pajcic was elected to the House and certainly has been an
outstanding Member of this great body ever since. I don't think there
has been a single piece of major legislation in which Steve Pajcic has
not made a significant contribution. From workers' compensation to
homestead exemption to all facets of education, Steve has given many
hours of dedicated and tireless service to the House that he loves.
Because Steve has given so much to all of us, I would like to share
some wise words of the great Lebanese philosopher, poet and writer,
Kahlil Gibran, when he spoke of giving and those who give in his great
classic The Prophet These are words that I have shared here before, but
which still hold true today. I believe that his wise words describe Steve
Pajcic and what he means to this House as well as anyone's:
"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when
you give of yourself that you truly give.
There are those who give little of the much which they have-and
they give it for recognition and their hidden desires make their
gifts unwholesome.

And there are those who have little and give it all.
These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their
coffer is never empty.

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their-
And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do
they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue; They give as in
yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.

Through the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind
their eyes he smiles upon the earth."
I think that sums up what Steve Pajcic is all about. Steve sometimes
likes to be called conservative, but we all know the truth-he is ultra
concerned with people's rights, the migrant's plights; ERA and teach-
ers' pay; coastal protection and a rabbit's affection. If there was ever a
man for all seasons in this House, it has to be this young man. Steve
Pajcic is a true profile in courage. He never takes the politically expedi-
ent route, but many of his issues touch the political conscience in our
My colleagues, I cannot think of a finer all-star team for the 80's than
that of Lee Moffitt and Steve Pajcic. It's a winning quinella worth
getting excited over. It is a great pleasure then, Mr. Speaker, to place
the name of a scholar, athlete and statesman as Speaker pro tempore
for the 1982-1984 legislative term, Jacksonville's own Steve Pajcic.
Thank you.

Remarks by Rep. Gordon
Rep. Gordon seconded the nomination of Rep. Pajcic for Speaker pro
tempore with the following remarks:
Mr. Speaker Moffitt, Speaker Haben, Speaker Brown, Mr. Justice
Overton, Members of the House, family and friends: It is a privilege to
be able to again be here to share with all of you this most precious gift
of freedom. Those of us who have been chosen by the voters of this
state, in a free election, now begin again to choose the leaders of the
House and the Senate. I am honored to be a part of this historic event.
Eight years ago, and every two years ever since, the voters of Jack-
sonville have exercised their right and have elected to the House of
Representatives a young man whose intelligence and caliber we all

know and appreciate. He has brought an energy and a humanness that
has, and I believe will have, a lasting impact on the House of Represen-
tatives. His dedication to fairness and equity is especially important to
me. He has stood firmly for the rights of all citizens-for women, for the
voiceless, for the under-represented and the needy-and he has done so
when it was not quite so popular a thing to do. His struggle on behalf of
equitable treatment for migrant workers is admired by those on both
sides of the issue.

He has served on the Finance & Taxation Committee for the eight
years of his service, four of those as chairman. His outstanding ability
has had a tremendous impact and influence on the State of Florida and
has elevated the prestige of this, the House of Representatives. Because
of his intelligence and creativity, he has always been able to respond to
a crisis with aplomb and has been able to use his calm, rational persua-
siveness, along with his infectious, wonderful smile, to turn a really
unfortunate set of circumstances into an acceptable, fairly comfortable
situation. Let me share one incident with you that I think illustrates
this superb talent of his. He was on one of his jogging excursions,
getting ready for the River Run in Jacksonville, when a dog tried to bite
him. The dog missed the jogger but managed to rip off the jogger's
shorts, leaving them in shreds and the jogger in the buff, with not even
enough cloth left intact large enough to cover any vital part. He actu-
ally managed to get the dog's owner to invite him into her house, where
she offered him a drink and a pair of shorts to wear home.

Seriously, when Steve asked me to make this seconding speech, I was
thrilled and honored. To be a part of a process where former adversaries
join together to serve the people of Florida is a testimonial to the
democratic process envisioned by the founding fathers of this great
country. It is a true test of Speaker Moffitt's ability to lead that he has
chosen Steve as his pro tem. How fortunate we all are to have this
unique opportunity to have these two men, who had both offered them-
selves as Speaker, to serve us together. The depth of character of Lee
Moffitt is unsurpassed, to have reached out to find the very best person,
Steve, when a lesser man may have shunned his opponent. And the
stature and loyalty of the man we have in Steve, to have humbly
accepted in order to serve us, as well as the people of Florida, is a
further tribute to his family and his constituency.

Mr. Speaker, Members of the House, it is my distinct honor and
privilege to second the nomination of a great friend and a truly out-
standing leader, Steve Pajcic.

Remarks by Rep. Martin
Rep. Martin seconded the nomination of Rep. Pajcic for Speaker pro
tempore with the following remarks:
Mr. Speaker, Speaker Brown, Speaker Haben, Members of the Legis-
lature, and people in the balconies: I didn't have a prepared speech. I
was asked not to speak too long. I did ask Speaker Moffitt to ask Mark
or Jim to write me a speech because Ijust didn't want to get up here and
be kind of foolish, and they told me that if they wrote one, I may not be
able to read it and if I could read it, it would be better for me to speak
from my heart and my head of what I thought of Steve Pajcic.
I thought last September, for the first few weeks of September, that
the next time that I approached the well would be to say to the Florida
Gators that they had won the Southeastern Conference and the National
Championship. That would have been an honor, but the honor today is
more far reaching because, with Steve Pajcic being the Speaker pro
tem, it means that Florida will be under a brilliant, common sense
leadership. I told you down in Tampa that he is extra brilliant, that he
can talk to me, and he'll talk to you sometime, and you will not know
what he's talking about, but it will be interesting and I can assure you
that it will be right. If you will just follow Lee Moffitt and Steve Pajcic,
this Florida House of Representatives will go forward into a new area
where we have never been before, to see that Florida remains the great
state that it is. Steve Pajcic has brilliance and common sense and, above
all, as the old Hawthorne philosopher (Sidney Martin) said, "A man
that has intelligence and has pride and character will always come out


November 16, 1982


above everything else." Steve Pajcic has all of those, and you will be
proud to say that you serve with Steve Pajcic and Lee Moffitt in the
House of Representatives when you say, "I'm a Member of the House."
Thank you, and Steve, you will be great.

Remarks by Rep. Evans-Jones
Rep. Evans-Jones nominated the Honorable R. Dale Patchett for Speaker
pro tempore with the following remarks:
Mr. Speaker, Members of the Florida House, guests, families, and
friends: It's a real honor for me to be here today and to have the
privilege of nominating a very, very dear friend of mine as Speaker pro
tempore. We arrived at the Florida House of Representatives in the-
same year and when I was reading some of the background information
on this young man, I was very, very surprised to find that he's only
lived in Florida for ten years. Now I've lived in Florida all my life, and
we've had a lot of people who have moved into our state and made some
contributions to the State of Florida, but when you think that someone
has moved to Florida and has been here ten years and six of those years
that person has been a Member of the Florida House of Representatives,
I think that's very significant. As a native Floridian, I'm extremely'
grateful that he and his wife Candy moved to Florida and that they
have given of their time, their talent and effort to make our state a
better place to live.

I want to give you just a little bit of background about this man. He
graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in forestry.
And he has been concerned about the environment and has shown his
deep concern with the legislation that he has worked on, and with the
awards that he has received from various groups here in the State of
Florida because they, too, have recognized that he cares and wants to
preserve our environment for our children and for our grandchildren.
He has the kind of sense of humor, the dedication and, really, the
hard-working ability to be an outstanding person. When we were here
as freshmen-and he's about the age of one of my sons-I recognized
that he was really going to be a star on the horizon, not only for the
Republican Party, but for all of the people here in the State of Florida.
And we had the good sense, as Republican freshmen, to honor him as
our outstanding Republican person then. The rest of the Florida House
recognized him as the third most outstanding freshman, and we were
very proud of that. He was recognized last year. As all of you know,
there are 120 Members of this House, and two were nominated for the
Allen Morris Award and Representative Dale Patchett was one of those
who was recognized as being the most effective in committee. That's
quite an honor that he's proud of, and I am certainly proud of.

He has an effective track record here in the State of Florida, and we
have a new House of Representatives here. We have a new reappor-
tionment plan. We have people from all walks and stages of life, and our
new Speaker designed this reapportionment plan. I think that's great,
and I think that Representative Moffitt, our new Speaker, maybe needs
another challenge-to have something different, to have a Republican
as Speaker pro tempore. That would be a real challenge for our new
I would like to say that Representative Patchett had a baby not very
long ago and she is here in the Chamber. You know, I happen to be a
grandmother, and I think it's kind of neat if he could remember that his
daughter was presented her first little musical doll that was wound up
and played in the Florida House of Representatives on the day that he
was nominated for Speaker pro tem, that that would be kind of a nice
thing to do. (Rep. Evans-Jones displayed the doll.)
In closing, I would like to tell you that the way you spell Pajcic is
P-a-t-c-h-e-t-t. Representative Dale Patchett for Speaker pro tempore.

Remarks by Rep. Danson
Rep. Danson seconded the nomination of Rep. Patchett for Speaker
pro tempore with the following remarks:
Mr. Speaker, former Speaker Haben, former Speaker Brown, distin-
guished guests, ladies and gentlemen: When it became known that R.

Dale Patchett would be nominated today as Speaker pro tem, I went to
him very quickly and I said, "Dale, let me be a part of this great day in
the history of the State of Florida." I wanted to offer to you a colleague's
view of the capability, the competence, the character of this man, R.
Dale Patchett.

When I first met Dale there was a gentleman who was rising in the
Florida House of Representatives whose first initial was "R." and it
stood for "Ralph", and I thought for a moment that we as Republicans
with "R." Dale Patchett might also have our "Ralph" with whom we
could respond but, alas, it's "Robert." But we still have seen Dale
Patchett rise as a star. He's been one of the leading members of the
Natural Resources Committee; he has been effective in debate and in
committee; and his knowledge of the Rules and his ability to help others
who have come after us has been unseen in this House of Representa-
Florida needs, this House of Representatives needs, someone of the
vision of Dale Patchett to assist our good Speaker, Lee Moffitt, in the
tough days ahead. The flowers are beautiful today. When we come back
here in April, the flowers will be here for one day and then the tough
decisions start to be made.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great pleasure to offer to you and to
second the nomination of the next Speaker pro tem of the Florida House
of Representatives, the Honorable R. Dale Patchett.
Representatives Pajcic and Patchett were declared the nominees for
Speaker pro tempore. When the votes were cast for Speaker pro tempo-
re, the result was:


Brown, C.
Brown, T. C.

Hawkins, L. R.
Johnson, B. L.
Johnson, R. C.
Jones, C. F.



Rep. Pajcic abstained.




Hawkins, M. E.
Johnson, R. M.
Jones, D. L.


Rep. Patchett abstained.

Rep. Pajcic was declared the duly elected Speaker pro tempore for a
term of two years beginning today.
On motion by Rep. Ogden, the Speaker appointed Representatives
Lewis, Thomas, Ward, Young, and Weinstock as a committee to escort
Rep. Pajcic and his family to the rostrum.
Justice Overton administered the Oath of Office to the Speaker pro
tempore. The Speaker presented the Speaker pro tempore's wife, Anne,
and their infant son, Michael. The committee then escorted them to
their seats.


November 16, 1982


Remarks by Speaker pro tempore

The Speaker presented the new Speaker pro tempore, who addressed
the House as follows:
Thank you all very much. Marilyn, our baby would appreciate a doll
too. In fact, Anne told me that if she had known that the loser was going
to get a doll for the baby, she may have said that it would be better for
Dale to be Speaker pro tem. I thank you all for your vote, first of all, and
for the fine speeches that were given for me. You know, it's nice to have
friends like Tommy who really believe that stuff they say-the only one
besides me who believes all that stuff he said.
I want to thank the staff, too. You know, sometimes all the attention
is focused on us here in the Legislature and we forget to thank the
people who really do the hard work and make it possible for us to make
the decisions that we do, including our personal staffs and the staffs of
the committees here in the House, and we have such a great staff I
think they need to be recognized. I also want to thank Barry Kutun for
doing such a fine job as Speaker pro tem last time, and I just hope I can
do as good a job as Barry did.
You know, Lee's father said to me as we came in, "Where's your old
man?" I said, "Well, he had to stay home today because they have to
travel for Thanksgiving and there's just a limited amount of traveling
that he can do." He said, "I just wanted to see that old carpenter again. I
think it's pretty good that the son of a pipe fitter and the son of a
carpenter did this well." Pipe fitters make a little more money than
carpenters, so we could have predicted the outcome of this election.
My wife Anne always stays in the background. In fact, she's never
solicited a vote, she's never given a speech, but those of you who know
us know how much I love her and how much I am indebted to her. She's
my chief counselor and closest friend and I thank her for everything.
And there's Michael.
I want to congratulate all the new Members of the House. Unlike Lee
and Ron Richmond, I had to go through an election this time so I know
how hard you had to fight to get elected, and how proud we are to have
you here and how proud you are to be here. So congratulations to all the
new Members of the House on your election. And congratulations on
your willingness to serve and putting yourself up for public service. It's
not always easy but it's always fun over here in Tallahassee.
We've got one of the most representative Houses ever, as has been
said. We have a larger black delegation, a larger Spanish delegation.
Unfortunately the Slavic delegation was cut in half when Bill Sadowski
from Miami decided not to run, but we southern Slavs are still here and
we're probably just as well off without the northern Slavs, those Polacks.
I think we in the House of Representatives can be very proud of the
accomplishments we've made in the last few years here in Tallahassee.
Sometimes we start looking forward so much that we forget to look
back, and we do have a lot to be proud of under that very able and
talented leadership of the guy who started it all, in the current reign,
Hyatt Brown. We all have so much that we owe to Hyatt for the great
job he did in getting this all started. And to Ralph Haben. Wasn't he
just such a good surprise? I mean, he just ran this House so well.
Frankly, I think it's going to be difficult, very difficult to equal the
accomplishments that we've made under Hyatt Brown and Ralph Haben,
but there's no better person to lead us than Lee Moffitt. He's going to be
a tremendous Speaker and in these difficult times, with the help of new
freshmen who are going to have to step in and fill the shoes of Hyatt
Brown and Ralph Haben and people who have left, and with a new
bipartisan spirit that I hope will permeate the House, we will be able to
make this good Florida that we live in even better. Thank you very

Committee from the Senate
A committee from the Senate consisting of Senators Langley, Crawford,
Fox, Frank, Mann, Myers, Plummer, and Dunn was received and an-
nounced that the Senate was now organized and ready to transact

November 16, 1982

The Clerk is one of only two constitutional officers of this House, the
other constitutional officer being that of Speaker. As our Clerk since


Election of the Clerk
The Speaker announced that nominations would now be received for
Clerk of the House of Representatives for a term, under Rule 1.3, of two
years from this date.

Remarks by Rep. Burnsed
Rep. Burnsed nominated Dr. Allen Morris for Clerk with the follow-
ing remarks:
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker Brown, Mr. Speaker Haben, Mr. Justice,
distinguished guests, families, visitors, and Members of the Florida
House of Representatives: For each person in the Chamber and in the
gallery today is a very special occasion. It holds a special personal
meaning for each of us, and to me it is to have the honor and privilege to
stand in front of you to nominate Dr. Allen Morris to continue to serve
as Clerk of the Florida House of Representatives.
Allen Morris is respected and loved not only by those in this Cham-
ber, but by all who know him and all who have worked with him. For
our new Members and for our guests, I think it appropriate to give you a
little background information about our distinguished Clerk. He's a
transplanted Floridian, having moved to Miami in 1921 from Chicago.
At age 16 he began his journalistic career with The Miami News, a
career that spanned 40 years with The News, the Associated Press, The
Miami Herald and, as an independent governmental columnist, for 12
daily and several weekly newspapers. These papers were as varied as
The St Petersburg Times, The Orlando Sentinel, and The Pensacola
News Journal His "Cracker Politics" is still quoted and emulated.
Since 1947 he has served as Consultant on Rules and Procedure to the
Florida House. He has compiled the biennial Florida Handbook since
1946. He has served all three branches of government and the effect of
his service to the State of Florida can be seen, felt, and measured each
day. He has authored many outstanding books. He is the founder of the
State Photographic Archives. He has served as Clerk of the Florida
House since 1966. Dr. Morris has received so many awards, honors, and
achievements that it's impossible to recount them all.
In my quest to find appropriate descriptive words about Allen Morris,
I re-read the nominating speeches from previous Organization Sessions
and you know what? We all cited similar background information and
further, we all admitted it was difficult to find the appropriate words to
express for ourselves and for the Members of this great body our deep
admiration and extreme respect for our Clerk. So to further try to glean'
some new material, these past few weeks, as I told some of you in
Tampa on Saturday, I've talked to Members, I've talked to lobbyists,
yes, I've even talked to some of the Capitol Press Corps and asked,
"What would you say if you were to nominate Dr. Allen Morris?" Not
one person came up with anything that had not already been said:
"objective, impartial, Mr. Integrity, he sends the most original Christ-
mas cards, respected, friend, experienced, thread of continuity, Histo-
rian Extraordinaire, Mr. Florida, dignity, confident, trust, even-handed,
competent, journalist, fair, author, his love for the Florida House, dedi-
cated, extensive knowledge, wisdom, philosophical, the Florida Hand-
book," and on, and on, and on. Just yesterday, though, I found what was
new information to me, and do you know where I found it?-in a book
compiled by our one and only Allen Morris, Reconsiderations; Second
Glances at Florida Legislative Events. I now know one of the reasons
why Allen Morris loves the Florida House. In 1943 Senator Baker from
Umatilla headed a movement to expel Allen Morris if he ever set foot in
the Senate Chamber, due to a column Dr. Morris had written for The
Miami Herald
His hobby is re-reading Journals of past sessions. Allen Morris had
his own day on February 23, 1972, as officially recognized by House
Resolution 3668. And in June of 1970, House Resolution 5336 directed
Dr. Morris to compile a history of the Florida Legislature. He's still
working on it but he has published what he likes to call some "raw
material" and this has been collected in the book Reconsiderations.


1966 and our Rules Consultant since 1947, Dr. Morris is the sole thread
of continuity that makes this such a great body. He has seen many
Speakers and literally hundreds of us come and go, and yet he remains
to serve the Florida House and the people of our great state. Allen
Morris loves this House and his love is expressed through the exem-
plary manner in which he serves as Clerk of the Florida House. He's a
special friend and confidant for each and every one of us who seeks his
counsel and friendship. As one person put it, "The longer you're here,
the more you realize how much you need him." He is the House; he is an
institution; he is your friend; he is Mr. Florida. Therefore it's with a
great sense of humility and personal privilege that I commend to this
House the continuation of our dedicated, beloved, white-haired, snake-
fearing friend, Dr. Allen Morris, to serve as Clerk of the House.

Remarks by Rep. Easley
Rep. Easley, prefaced by the following remarks, moved that the nom-
inations cease and a unanimous vote be cast for Dr. Morris as Clerk of
the House of Representatives:

Mr. Speaker, yesterday in the Republican Caucus I had the pleasure
of nominating Dr. Allen Morris as the Republican nominee for Clerk of
the House. Representative Burnsed just said that Allen loves this House.
Let me turn that around: This House loves Allen Morris.

On behalf of the Republican Party, and on behalf of all the Members
of the House of Representatives, I'd like to move that nominations cease
and a unanimous vote be cast for Allen Morris as Clerk of the Florida

The motion was agreed to and Dr. Morris was unanimously elected
Clerk of the House. Dr. Morris went to the rostrum and Justice Overton
administered the Oath of Office to him.

Remarks by Dr. Morris
Dr. Morris addressed the House as follows:

Thank you, Representative Burnsed and Representative Easley. Mr.
Speaker Moffitt, Mr. Speaker Haben, Mr. Speaker Brown, Mr. Speaker
pro tempore Pajcic, Mr. Justice Overton, Mr. President de la Parte,
Members of the House of Representatives, and friends: First, thanks for
your renewed vote of confidence. This is the ninety-first time I have
been present as an observer or participant in the convening of a regular
or special session of the House of Representatives. Yet it is a moment
that never grows stale. That is because the men and women here dream
great dreams and cause them to become realities. It is here that ideas of
renown-the Medical School at Miami, Shands at Gainesville, the Four-
Center Complex that is the University of South Florida, the old and the
new Sunshine Skyway, the Florida Turnpike, the Minimum Founda-
tion Program for schools, and many, many others-first were gleams in
the eyes of some legislator. Too, the House never grows stale for me
because of the new Members, the men and women with a desire to leave
a lasting imprint upon their state. There always are new Members, for
the typical Member serves three terms.

It is a matter of gratification for the Clerk to watch the after-year
progress of those who have come here as political neophytes. The pres-
ent Governor of Florida, five Cabinet officers, one United States Sena-
tor, and 13 Members of the new Congress had their political beginnings
in the Legislature. Stated another way, 16 of the 20 Governors inaugu-
rated in this century also had their roots in the Florida Legislature.
Countless other former Members have been achievers in the professions
and in commerce.

To be able to observe Florida's future governmental and business
champions, to speculate privately who likely will emerge as the leaders
of our state's future, is another of the reasons that service as Clerk,
occupying the best seat in the House, never grows old. For that oppor-
tunity I am profoundly grateful to each of you.

Designation of the Sergeant at Arms

The Speaker announced the designation of Mr. Wayne Westmark as
Sergeant at Arms and requested the consent of the House. On motion by
Rep. Upchurch, seconded by Rep. Richmond, the House consented to the
designation of Mr. Westmark as Sergeant at Arms. Mr. Westmark went
to the rostrum and Justice Overton administered the Oath of Office to

Remarks by Mr. Westmark

Mr. Westmark responded, "Thank you, Mr. Speaker, for your confi-
dence in me in serving this House for the next two years. To each one of
you, I sincerely thank you and I promise that I will serve you impar-
tially and to the very best of my ability. Thank you very much."

Committee to the Governor
On motion by Rep. Thompson, the Speaker appointed Representa-
tives Spaet, Lehman, R. C. Johnson, Lewis, and Patchett as a commit-
tee to inform the Governor that the House was organized and ready to
transact business.

Committee to the Senate
On motion by Rep. Thompson, the Speaker appointed Representa-
tives Liberti, Lippman, Gardner, Clements, and Gallagher as a commit-
tee to inform the Senate that the House was organized and ready to
transact business.
The committees were excused to execute their responsibilities.

Consideration of House Resolutions
By Representative Thompson-
HR 1-Org.-A resolution establishing the Rules of the House of
Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Florida:
The Rules of the House for the biennium of 1982-1984 shall be the
Rules of the House in force at the end of the 1982 Regular Session,
except as provided now or hereafter:
(a) Rule 1.6 is amended to read:
1.6-Designation of Sergeant at Arms; Employment, Compensation
and Dismissal of Employees nsignation and Dismissal of Empoieoes
The Speaker shall, with the advice and consent of the Members,
designate the Sergeant at Arms. The Speaker shall employ all employ-
ees of the House and shall determine their qualifications, hours of work,
and compensation, including leave and other benefits. The Speaker shall
have the right to dismiss any employee of the House and the pay of such
employee shall stop on the day of dismissal.
(b) Rule 1.9 is amended to read:
1.9-Duties of Employees; Use of Sneem Long-distance Lines
Mamom and a ,,,&4 -,, -- offis oSfC the Mosao shall have firt priority
ef the use of Suom lines. Staff disoetors and other ouese omploeoes
shall have ascend and third pri-:rit, rc-spcti-ve Sunoem Long-distance
lines shall not be used by employees for personal purposes and any
employee using the Sunoom a long-distance line for such purposes shall
be subject to immediate dismissal.
(c) The second paragraph of Rule 2.4 is amended to read:
2.4-Speaker's Signature to Acts, Warrants, etc.; and Decision of
Questions of Order Subject to Appeal- and Approval of Legal Proceedings

Upon approval ef the Speaker, xpnseso ineyrred (w legal searieos
may be paid in eases when a Member is a party to a suit in his legal
capacity as a taipayes o" Membes and when seah suit ii dater.rmind b
the Speaoke to be ef siaifieant interest to the Houseo The Speaker or
the Committee on Rules & Calendar may authorize counsel to initiate,
defend, intervene in, or otherwise participate in any suit on behalf of the
House, a committee of the House, a Member of the House (whether in the
legal capacity of Member or taxpayer), a former Member of the House, or
an officer or employee of the House, when such suit is determined by the
Speaker to be of significant interest to the House and when it is deter-

November 16, 1982



mined by the Speaker that the interests of the House would not otherwise
be adequately represented Expenses incurred for legal services in such
proceedings may be paid upon approval of the Speaker.
(d) Rule 4.5 is amended to read:
The Sergeant at Arms shall e under the supervision of the Committee
on House Administtration e as oth o sio directed by the Speakoe o by
the Speaker designate ef the majority party during the period between
election and the Orgnisation Session The Sergeant at Arms shall be
under the direct supervision of the Speaker.
(e) Rule 6.1 is amended to read:
The Speaker shall, beginning with the Organization Session, appoint
the members of the following standing committees:
Agriculture & General Legislation
Community Affairs
Corrections, Probation & Parole
Criminal Justice
Education Higher
Education, K 12
Ethics & Elections
Finance & Taxation
Governmental Operations
Health & Rehabilitative Services
Higher Education
House Administration
Natural Resources
Regulated Industries & Licensing
Regulatory Reform
Retirement, Personnel & Collective Bargaining
Rules & Calendar
Tourism & Economic Development
Veterans Affairs
(f) Rule 6.18 is amended to read:
During the first forty-five calendar days of a regular session, the prior
notice shall be given two legislative days (excluding Saturday and
Sunday) in advance of the meeting. If the notice is given by 4:30 p.m. of
any legislative day, a bill or proposed bill may be heard at any time on
the second succeeding logislatie day. After the forty-fifth calendar day
and during any extended or special session, the notice shall be given
two hours in advance of the proposed meeting.
(g) Rule 6.20 is amended to read:
Before any committee holds a meeting for the purpose of considering
a profiled bill or proposed committee bill (PCB) during the period when
the Legislature is not in session, a notice of such meeting shall be filed
with the Clerk and the Sergeant at Arms no later than fourteen calen-
dar days before the Friday preceding the week of the meeting and the.
The committee secretary separately shall send copies of notice to the
members of the committee, sponsors of the bill and to such other persons
who have requested notice. This notice shall etate the date, time and
plaeo of meeting, bil number, and sofieient tite fe ident-fioatien.
(h) Rule 6.29 is amended to read:
Upon the written request of a sponsor (or, in the case of a Senate bill,
any House Member) to the chairman of the committee in possession of a

bill, given fourteen calendar days after the bill has been received by the
committee (thirty days in the case of the Committee on Appropriations
or the Committee on Finance & Taxation), the chairman shall set a
time for consideration which shall be no later than seven legislation
calendar days thereafter. If the bill is not acted upon within said time
period, the bill may be withdrawn from the committee upon point of
order. Reference by the committee to a subcommittee, or ratification by
the committee of a chairman's reference, shall be construed as "action."
(i) Rule 6.57 is amended to read:
The Speaker shall appoint all memboss of House managers for confer-
ence committees. He shall determine the number of mombwrs of confornco
committees as need appears. He shall appoint no less than a majority of
members who generally supported the House position as determined by
the Speaker.
(j) Rule 6.58 is amended to read:
A conference committee shall consist of an equal number of managers
from each house two independent committee of equal sise from the two
houses. The joint conference committee shall select one of its members
to preside. A report shall require the affirmative votes of a majority of
the confeoree managers from each house. The report shall be accompa-
nied by the original bill.
(k) Rule 6.61 is amended to read:
After House and Senate eenfereeo managers have been appointed for
seven calendar days and have failed to report, it is hereby declared to be
a motion of highest privilege either to move to discharge the House
eenfeees managers and appoint new House eenferees managers or to
instruct the House oenferees managers.
Provided, however, that during the last six calendar days allowed
under the Constitution for a regular session, it shall be a motion of
highest privilege to discharge, appoint new, or instruct House eenferees
managers after House oenferees managers shall have been appointed
thirty-six hours without having made a report.
(1) Rule 6.62 is amended to read:
6.62-When Conferee Managers Are Unable to Agree
When any bill is referred to a conference committee and the House
enferees managers report inability to agree, no action of the House
taken prior to such reference shall preclude further action by the House
as the House may determine.

(m) The second paragraph of Rule 7.2 is amended to read:
All measures shall be introduced in an original and sin seven copies
(fAe six for local bills). The original shall be backed with a blue folder-
jacket and five copies with blue jackets. On these jackets shall be
inscribed the full name of the sponsor and enough of the title for
identification, and on the original folder-jacket the signature of the
sponsor and any co-sponsors and their respective district numbers. There
shall be attached inside inserted in the original the remaining one
unbacked copy and a title sheet consisting of an original and one copy
which shall set forth enough of the title for identification and the name
of the sponsor and all co-sponsors and in the sixth copy, one unbacked
copy. The unbacked eepy copies may include the House Bill Drafting
Service summary.

(n) Rule 7.8(a) is amended to read:
(a) All bills for introduction shall be delivered to the Clerk of the
House no later than 12:00 noon of the second legislative day (excluding
Saturday and Sunday) preceding introduction. This Rule may be waived
only with consent of two-thirds of those present, the motion for which
shall not be entertained unless the movant thereof shall have first
notified the House orally, not less than thirty minutes preceding the
motion, of his intention to move for the waiver of this Rule so as to have
introduced a specific bill or bills sponsored by him. The adoption of such
motion shall be construed as advancing the House to the order of Intro-
duction and Reference of bills solely for the reception of said bill or bills
for formal introduction and reference. During the last seven calendar
days of the legislative session this Rule may be suspended or altered by
resolution originating in the Committee on Rules & Calendar.

(o) The second paragraph of Rule 7.11 is amended to read:
A companion Senate bill shall be substantially worded the same, and
identical as to specific intent and purpose as the House bill for which it
is being substituted. At the moment the House passes substitutes the
Senate companion bill, then the original House bill shall be regarded as
automatically tabled.

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(p) Rule 7.13 is amended to read:
A bill introduced by a committee shall be accompanied by a eemmittee
report Committee Information Record in the same manner as any other
bill. A committee, in reporting a committee bill, may designate a Mem-
ber or Members as co-sponsor(s) with the approval of said Member or
Members. The bill will be shown by the Clerk as having been intro-
duced by the Committee and the Member(s) so designated.
(q) Rule 7.14(d), (e), and (g) are amended to read:
(d) Before any committee holds a meeting for the purpose of consider-
ing a profiled bill or proposed committee bill (PCB) during the period
when the Legislature is not in session, a notice of such meeting shall be
filed with the Clerk and the Sergeant at Arms no later than fourteen
calendar days before the Friday preceding the week of the meeting and
"tha The committee secretary separately shall send copies of notice to
the members of the committee, sponsors of the bill and to such other
persons who have requested notice. This notice shall state the date,
time and place of meeting, bill number, and sufficient title for identification.
When two meetings have been scheduled by a committee during a
30-day period when the Legislature is not in session, the chairman may
"provide in the notice for the first meeting that bills agendaed for the first
meeting and not taken up shall be available for consideration at the
second meeting without further notice.
(e) Prefiled bills shall, pursuant to the Constitution of Florida and
the Rules of the House, be given first reading either on the first day of a
regular session or as soon thereafter as possible. The Clerk shall announoo
publish the Speaker's reference of those bills.
(g) Notwithstanding the other sections of this Rule, any Member
may, during the day of introduction of profiled ills but no later than
under the order of business of Motions Relating to Committee Refer-
ences on the next legislative day following introduction ofprefiled bills,
move for reference to a different committee, which shall be decided by a
majority vote, or for withdrawal from any committee, which motion
shall be adopted by two-thirds vote.
(r) Rule 8.2 is amended to read:
The daily order of business shall be as follows:
1. RU Call Prayer
2. Praye. Roll Call
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Correction of the Journal
5. Reosiving of ommunia*tioe e Communications
6. Coeidaration of moRage Messages from the Senate
7. Report of standing committees
8. Report of select committees
9. Conaideratin of bill Bills and joint resolutions on third reading
10. Motions relating to committee references
11. Matters on reconsideration
12. Special Orders
13. Unfinished business
14. ConAido.tion of bills Bills and joint resolutions on second reading
15. Gonaoidoe.rti ef House resolutions, concurrent resolutions and
memorials on second reading
16. Introduction and Reference of Hose bill and othok meamnsAr
ariginating in the Haute of Reprseettives
Within each order of business, matters shall be considered in the
order in which they appear on the Daily Calendar.
The order of business of Introduction and Reference of House bills and
other measures originating in the House of Representatives may be ac-
complished by publication in the Journal of their titles as prescribed by
Section 7 of Article III of the Constitution.
Whore a time has been oestblisohd few adejew mont of a daily ooeeion,
the pending business shall be suspended Afiftn minute. before that
time and the House shal take up the order of business ef the Inteoduotion
and Roforenae of Hoeus bill and other meaoeo. org inatiang in the
Honeu .of oprnontnetivoo. When ne time hae been fAed few daily

"ameui"2maent, n motion to a m tarnsm d ai usaMpending the
business then before the Hosea and the taking up of the eArde of
busine oef I ntrodetien and Referonee. eUpon the eeompleti of the
eorde of buoinee of ntroduetion and e4foronoe, the House then shall
stand adrjeaued.
During special sessions the order of business of Introduction and
Reference of House bills shall be conducted immediately following the
order of business of Correction of the Journal.
(s) Rule 8.3 is amended to read:
As bills Bills, upon first reading, whether House or Senate, shall be
"read fe the lfA time, the Speakea shahl rfer these referred by the
Speaker either to a committee or to the Calendar, as elsewhere provided
in these Rules. The order of reference shall be first to a substantive
committee and then to a fiscal impact committee. If a bill is referred to
both fiscal impact committees, the Speaker shall declare which shall
first consider the bill. The titles and references of bills and the nature of
any documents referred shall be publicly pan-- -nd and entered on the
(t) Rule 8.9(a) is amended to read:
(a) When the Speaker has referred a bill, any Member may, during
that day at any tim, but no later than under the order of business of
"Motions Relating to Committee References" on the succeeding legisla-
tive day, move for reference to a different committee and this proposed
withdrawal from the committee of original reference shall be decided by
the House by a majority vote of those voting, except that where such
proposed withdrawal is from the Committee on Appropriations or the
Committee on Finance & Taxation, the same shall be decided by a
two-thirds vote of the Members present.
(u) Rule 8.10 is amended to read:
Each bill or joint resolution shall receive three separate readings on
three separate days previous to a vote upon final passage unless two-
thirds of the Members present decide otherwise. (Constitution: Article
III, Section 7-"Any bill may originate in either house and after pas-
sage in one may be amended in the other. It shall be read in each house
on three separate days, unless this rule is waived by two-thirds vote ;
provided the publication of its title in thejournal of a house shall satisfy
the requirement for the first reading in that house. On each reading, it
shall be read by title only, unless one-third of the members present
desire it read in full.") "Reading" is defined as the stage of consideration
of a bill or joint resolution after announcement of sufficient of the title as
necessary for identification as determined by the Speaker.
(v) Rule 10.1 is amended to read:
Every motion shall be made orally, provided, that at the request of
the Speaker it shall be reduced to writing. After a motion has been
stated or read by the Speaker it shall be deemed to be in possession of
the House, without a second, and shall be disposed of by vote of the
House. The mover may withdraw a motion, eeept a motion to roeeenidor,
as horminaftor provided at any time before the same has been amended
or before a vote thereon shall have been commenced., except a motion to
reconsider may be withdrawn only on the day made or on the next
succeeding legislative day.

(w) Rule 10.5 is deleted as obsolete.
(x) Rule 11.1 is amended to read:
Amendments shall be sent to the Clerk on forms supplied by the
Sergeant at Arms, through the supply room, but shall be taken up only
as sponsors gain recognition from the Speaker to move their adoption,
except that the chairman of the committee (or in his absence, the vice
chairman or any member thereof) reporting the measure under consid-
eration shall have preference for the presentation of committee amend-
ments. Unless there be objection, committee amendments shall be adopted
en bloc. An amendment shall be deemed pending only after its proposer
has been recognized by the Speaker and has moved its adoption.

(y) Rule 11.10(b) is amended to read:
(b) After the reading of a Senate amendment to a House bill the
House may; following motions shall be privileged in the order named: (1)
amend the Senate amendment by a concurrence of the majority re-
quired for the final passage of the bill, or (2) concur in the Senate
amendment by a concurrence of the same majority required for the final
passage of the bill, or (3) refuse by the majority of the required quorum
to concur and ask the Senate to recede, or (4) request the Senate to
recede and, failing to do so, to appoint a committee of conference to meet
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(z) Rule 15.7 is amended to read:
Wherever used in these Rules, a "legislative" day shall mean a day
during regular, Sei an et to include Saturdays and Sunday when
the House will be in session. All other references to "days" mean "cal-
endar" days.
-was read the first time by title. On motions by Rep. Thompson,
the rules were waived and the resolution was read the second time by
title and adopted.

By Representative Thompson-
HR 2-Org.-A resolution establishing a Select Committee on Growth
Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Florida:
That a Select Committee on Growth Management be established,
clothed with the powers of a standing committee of the House of
This select committee shall expire at midnight on November 6, 1984.
-was read the first time by title. On motions by Rep. Thompson, the
rules were waived and the resolution was read the second time by title
and adopted.

Address by Speaker Moffitt

The Speaker addressed the House as follows:
We have now arrived at the point in the session where the Speaker
delivers his message.
Father Mangrum, Justice Overton, former President de la Parte,
former Speakers Sessums, Brown, and Haben, other distinguished guests,
Members of the House, our families and friends.
I first wish to recognize Justice Overton for his participation in this
Organizational Session. We have all been honored and dignified, Sir, by
your presence today.
Again, let me thank the Members for selecting me as Speaker. I
understand well that you have given me your trust, and that in re-
sponse, I must do my utmost to be fair and to give every Member an
opportunity to be heard.
We embark today on a noble experiment in Florida history. When we
adopted single-member districts it was for the purpose of improving the
quality of our decisions by bringing us closer to the people. Each of us
has been elected from a district that contains 82,000 Floridians. The
whole face of the Legislature, both the House and the Senate, has been
changed. It is now up to each of us to prove that that change has been
for the better. Even though you have been elected from a district that
contains 82,000 people, you must remember that you have been elected
to serve the needs of the whole state-a state that contains almost 10
million people. We may be representatives from a single district but
collectively, with the Florida Senate and the Governor, we are the
stewards of all of Florida. So I call on you to approach your service with
a dedication to serve our entire state. We must put aside parochialism;
we must put aside regionalism. Instead, we must develop a spirit of
unity, not only within this House, but also with the Governor and with
our legislative colleagues in the Senate.
The issues that we will face are too big and too important for any
other course of action. They demand our total united commitment.
So today, I hold out the olive branch of cooperation to President
Peterson and the Florida Senate, to our Governor Bob Graham, and to
Representative Richmond and our Republican colleagues. We must to-
gether forge a vision of the Florida that is yet to come-the Florida we
will create for our sons and daughters-and we must temper each
decision we make with a consideration of that vision.
Each of us has just returned from the campaign trail. You know the
issues we must face as well as I. If you were listening to the people, I
think you heard some of the same things that I heard:

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-That the people of this state are concerned about the economy and
they want jobs and the opportunity to provide for the needs and desires
of their families.
-That they don't mind paying taxes for essential government servi-
ces, but they don't want one penny of their tax dollars wasted.
-That they want the best educational opportunities for their children.
-That our environment must be protected, that our water needs
must be met and that our agricultural lands must be preserved.
-That our streets must be safe and those who would violate our laws
receive swift and sure justice.
-The list goes on and on.
Almost overnight this state has been transformed from a sleepy,
tourist, retirement state with more orange trees than people into the
fastest-growing, urbanized state in the nation. We encouraged this growth
with measures such as economic development and we have been suc-
cessful beyond our wildest imagination. Our problem is that we didn't
give enough thought to what we wanted to be when we grew up.
We will obviously have to deal the next two Sessions with the day-to-
day issues that will come up but, as we deal with those immediate
issues, we must not lose sight of our long-range vision of what we want
for Florida.
My overriding message to you this morning is that in everything we
will do these next two years, whether it be in transportation, education,
natural resources, agriculture, criminal justice or HRS, we must keep
in mind two basic questions: (1) Are we planning for the future growth
of Florida and (2) are we adequately providing for our children and
protecting their legacy?
As to the first question, our single biggest concern that affects almost
every issue facing our state is the inevitability of growth and how we
are going to manage that growth.
From 1970 to 1980 our population grew by 43%. We now have a
population of almost ten million people but we started 1970 with a
population of six million people. There are 24 states in this nation that
have populations less than the growth we have experienced during that
ten-year period. Estimates are that in the next 18 years, which will pass
in the blink of an eye, our population will grow again by another 50% to
almost 15 million people. How we manage that growth, the mechanisms
we now create, will determine whether the Florida of tomorrow will be
a fit place to live for the children of today. We cannot stop this growth,
but we must recognize that it will continue and plan for its impact.
As an example, will our transportation network be capable of han-
dling these new millions? If we continue to disregard our transportation
needs in the future as we have in the past, the answer will be a
resounding No. Our transportation systems are inadequate to meet the
demands of our existing citizens, let alone our future citizens. Not only
is transportation a concern for our citizens today, it is a major consider-
ation for any new industry that may want to locate in this state.
Attention must be given to the present and future needs of transporta-
tion if we want to attract industry and to provide jobs for our citizens.
We have already invested billions of dollars in our existing transpor-
tation systems and we cannot afford to neglect these investments. Today
30% of our state highway system needs resurfacing and 300 bridges need
to be replaced (plus there are 1300 bridges that need major repairs).
Each year we get farther and farther behind. If we permit these systems
to continue to deteriorate, the cost to cure will be even greater.
We also have need for additional capacity. We must have new roads,
additional lanes, and attention must be given to alternatives such as
public transit. Broward County has more congested roads than any
other county in this state. 80% of Pinellas County's roads are carrying
more traffic than they were designed to carry. Statewide more than 50%
of our urban roads are congested. This congestion must be relieved by
providing for additional capacity.



The need is obvious! But remember why it occurred! The strain has
occurred because of growth. And the growth of our state will not stop. It
is as inevitable as the sun rising tomorrow morning.

You know what growth has done to our transportation system. Con-
sider what it will do to our fragile environment. Will our water be
preserved? Will our agriculture lands be turned into one suburb after
another? What will our air quality be like? Can we continue to afford
to vacate schools in our cities only to build new ones in the suburbs?
The problems continue to mount.
We're not going to solve all our problems this year or next year, but
we must look out on the horizon and see what's coming and do every-
thing in our power to prepare and anticipate.

The second question that commands our highest priority is the im-
pact of our decisions on children and youth. Because of our large num-
ber of senior citizens, Florida is often considered a state of predomi-
nantly elderly citizens.

But the simple fact is that there are more people in the state under
the age of 18 than there are over the age of 60. And none of these people
voted for any of us. None of them have formed political action commit-
tees or hired lobbyists to represent their interests in Tallahassee. But
the extent to which we respond to their needs will determine Florida's
destiny. It is almost trite to say, but necessarily true, that our children
are our future.
The needs of our children are many and varied. Last year, our criminal
justice system dealt with 88,000 children accused of violating the law;
our social service system dealt with 66,000 abused or neglected children
and another 21,000 runaways, truants or children declared beyond the
control of their parents. And these 175,000 children represent those
with needs so extreme that the state has had to step in and intervene in
their upbringing.
We cannot expect to resolve all the social ills of our time, but we must
not ignore the critical needs of our human capital. In order to ensure
that we consider the impact of all our legislation on children, it is my
intention to appoint an ad hoc Committee on Children and Youth. This
will not be a substantive committee in the standard sense. It will have a
coordinating function and will be composed of the chairmen of those
committees whose decisions impact on our youth, directly or indirectly,
together with Minority leadership. It will be chaired by the Chairman
of the Committee on Rules and its principal task will be to ensure that
we develop and implement those policies and statutes that will give
each child in our state the opportunity to develop to the full extent of
his or her potential.
If we maintain a focus on these two broad questions, the management
of our growth and the needs of our children, we can ensure that we will
have taken giant strides towards providing for Florida's future.
In so doing we must have the courage to do what is necessary. Our
water is endangered and we must protect it. Our educational system is
deteriorating and we must improve it. Our courts are congested and
slow and we must speed them up. Health care costs are too high and we
must find a way to lower them. We need zoning reform and we must
work with local governments to find solutions. Many of our problems
are caused by those who would move here, and we must find a way to
get them to help pay the costs occasioned by this growth.
We must have the foresight to do what is necessary.
I have attempted to organize the House to prepare for the tasks
ahead. My decisions as to committee structure were not made in a
vacuum but were made after consultation with many of the House
veterans. I have been encouraged by the way many of you have indi-
cated that you would shoulder the burden of appointment to committees
for which you are particularly well qualified, even though the work of
some of those committees may not be very glamorous.
It has been heartening to me that Members who have sought particu-
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receive them or that their services and talents were needed elsewhere
have almost without exception accepted their disappointments with
good grace, fine sportsmanship, and with expressions of willingness to
work in any capacity where they could be helpful.
While the ultimate responsibility for the administration of the House
lies with the Speaker, the leadership of this body will not rest in my
hands alone, but will be assumed by a team of veteran and able legisla-
tors whom I will appoint to leadership roles.
The first leadership decision you made for me when you elected Steve
Pajcic to be Speaker pro tempore. I compliment you on an excellent
decision. Steve not only is my friend, but is one of the most brilliant
minds to ever serve in the Legislature. His leadership and involvement
will be critical to the success of this administration.

My Majority Leader will be Carl Carpenter. The Majority Whip will
be Wayne Hollingsworth, and this year we will have two Majority Floor
Leaders: T. K. Wetherell and Ron Johnson.
As to the committees:

Agriculture-Chairman, C. Fred Jones; Vice Chairman, Wayne

Appropriations-Chairman, Herbert F. Morgan; Vice Chairman, Helen
Davis; Subcommittee I (HRS), Chairman, Elaine Gordon; Subcommittee
II (General Government), Chairman, Winston W. Gardner, Jr.; Subcom-
mittee III (Education/Transportation), Chairman, Steve Pajcic.
Commerce-Chairman, Samuel P. Bell, III; Vice Chairman, Dexter
W. Lehtinen.

Community Affairs-Chairman, Sid Martin; Vice Chairman, Tom
Corrections, Probation & Parole-Chairman, James G. Ward; Vice
Chairman, Everett A. Kelly.

Criminal Justice-Chairman, Elvin L. Martinez; Vice Chairman, Har-
old W. Spaet.
Education, K-12-Chairman, Eleanor Weinstock; Vice Chairman, Sam

Ethics & Elections-Chairman, Ronald A. Silver; Vice Chairman,
Bolley L. Johnson.
Finance & Taxation-Chairman, Barry Kutun; Vice Chairman, Gene
Governmental Operations-Chairman, Gene Hodges; Vice Chairman,
John W. Lewis, III.
Health & Rehabilitative Services-Chairman, Beverly B. Burnsed;
Vice Chairman, David J. Lehman.

Higher Education-Chairman, Walter C. Young; Vice Chairman, John
F. Cosgrove.
House Administration-Chairman, S. L. Clements, Jr.

Judiciary-Chairman, Hamilton D. Upchurch; Vice Chairman, John
Natural Resources-Chairman, Jon L. Mills; Vice Chairman, George
A. Crady.
Regulated Industries & Licensing-Chairman, Carl Ogden; Vice Chair-
man, Robert R. Reynolds.
Regulatory Reform-Chairman, Frederick Lippman; Vice Chairman,
Michael Friedman.

Retirement, Personnel & Collective Bargaining-Chairman, Thomas
L. Hazouri; Vice Chairman, Lawrence F. Shackelford.
Rules & Calendar-Chairman, James Harold Thompson; Vice Chair-
man, Joseph B. Allen, Jr.


Tourism & Economic Developmment-Chairman, Fran Carlton; Vice
Chairman, Frank Williams.
Transportation-Chairman, Tom Gustafson; Vice Chairman, Edward
J. Healey.

Veterans Affairs-Chairman, Lawrence R. Hawkins; Vice Chairman,
Bill Clark.
This year will be the House's turn to chair several joint committees
with the Senate. I appoint the following to serve as chairmen when it is
appropriate: Joint Legislative Management, Sam Mitchell; Joint Legis-
lative Auditing, Grover Robinson; Advisory Council on Intergovern-
mental Relations, Charles R. "Chuck" Smith; Joint Administrative
Procedures Committee, Christian "Chris" Meffert.

There will be only one select committee which will meet in a time slot
separate from the standing committees and that will be the Select
Committee on Growth Management whose chairman will be Ray Liberti.
The membership of the Appropriations Committee will be published
later today. Committee assignments for each Member will be announced
within a week after I have had the opportunity to consult with each one
of the chairmen.

There are two innovations, introduced by Speaker Haben which I
wish to continue.
First, is the limitation on the number of bills filed by each Member. I
ask you today to limit the number of bills that you introduce to no more
than eight. We simply pass better laws when our staff has more time to
research, when committees have time to hear testimony and when
there is more time to debate and deliberate. This will not occur if we are
nundated with far too many bills. I can assure you that I will be
watching closely and hope you will adhere to my request.

A second carryover practice will be the emphasis on legislative over-
sight. Because of Speaker Haben's innovation in this regard, we have
been a model for the entire nation. I will appoint an oversight subcom-
mittee within each standing committee, and most all of you will be
asked to serve on one oversight subcommittee. I encourage you to spend
the time and effort necessary to try and make your government more

Fifteen years ago this state began an unprecedented experiment in
open government. Since that time other states and the federal govern-
ment have followed Florida's lead. What a tragedy it would be if we
were now to permit that experiment to fail. Florida's commitment to
government in the sunshine has been threatened by the passage of far
too many exceptions, many of them buried in large bills which have
escaped the attention of most legislators. It is estimated that there are
now hundreds of exceptions to the public records law alone. I will be
appointing a subcommittee to review all current exceptions to the pub-
lic records and government in the sunshine laws and will request that
subcommittee to recommend measures to ensure that exceptions will
not be passed in the future without a visible showing of overriding
public necessity.

The citizens of this state and nation generally have a low regard for
politicians. They have a sense of right and wrong that we should re-
member and heed. All too frequently they feel helpless, and that gov-
ernment is not concerned with their concerns. If we ever hope to earn
their respect we must, at the very least, conduct ourselves in a manner
that will command their respect. They will forgive our mistakes, but
only if they know that we are trying to serve them as best we can.
In closing, I would like to make the same pledges to all of you that I
made at the Democratic Caucus in April of 1981:
I pledge to you to follow my conscience and the needs of my constituents.

I pledge to use the leadership and talents of every Member in this
I pledge to do my very best, and to make you proud of the decision you
have made this day.

November 16, 1982


And lastly, and most importantly, I pledge to my daughter, Jenny,
and all your sons and daughters, that I will work to preserve their
heritage in this state so they can grow and prosper and be secure.

Thank you all again. I am most grateful.

Remarks by the Minority Leader
Rep. Ronald R. Richmond, Minority Leader, addressed the House as

Thank you Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House, distin-
guished guests. I do have a few remarks I'd like to make.
To those of you who were elected for your first time welcome,
congratulations on your victory. You will find that this is one of the
greatest institutions, I think, there is in the United States, the Florida
House of Representatives. And you will find that it is one of the finest
fraternities you will have ever joined. You will have an experience to
learn an awful lot, to serve the people of this great state, but even as
important you will find many, many of the people here who you serve
with will end up to be your long and lasting friends for the rest of your

To those of you who I've served with over the past few years, I
welcome you back and offer the assistance and counsel of the Minority
Office to whatever we can be to you, to any of you, we stand ready and
To you, Mr. Speaker, congratulations. You and I had a job to do
throughout the summer. We recruited candidates. We then went out and
tried to help raise funds for our candidates. We got involved in elec-
tions. The elections are over, peace be made. You turned out to be a very
worthy opponent you had more votes than I thought you'd get. But let
me say this, it's to your credit because you did do a superb job out on the
trail this summer.

I think the role of the minority this year will be that of a supportive
role and I hope it continues for two years. [applause] We think we have
a lot of expertise, a lot of knowledge among our members, and we stand
ready and willing to assist you in your programs, whatever you want to
do. However, in those areas where we think we philosophically dis-
agree, or for whatever other reason, we will again play the role of loyal
opposition and hopefully will be statesmen in doing so.
Again, Mr. Speaker, I would like to say that I think when I came here
in 1972, we faced probably as great an issue oriented time that we have
faced in the last ten years. And it is amazing to me how again, as we
have reorganized under reapportionment, we are now facing probably
the greatest and most pressing issues that this state has faced in that
ten-year period of time. So we stand ready to work with you and with all
the other Members of the House in answering Florida's needs. Thank

Designation of Dean of the House
The Speaker announced the designation of Rep. Ogden as Dean of the

Democratic Leadership
As previously announced by the Speaker, the following Members
were appointed to Democratic leadership positions: Rep. Carl Carpen-
ter, Majority Leader; Rep. Wayne Hollingsworth, Majority Whip; and
Reps. T. K. Wetherell and R. C. JohnSh, Majority Floor Leaders.

Republican Leadership
Rep. Richmond announced the election in Caucus of the following
Members to Republican Leadership positions: Rep. Ronald R. Richmond,
Minority Leader; Rep. R. Dale Patchett, Minority Leader pro tempore;
Rep. Thomas E. Danson, Jr., Minority Caucus Chairman; and Reps.
Daniel Webster and James L. Watt, Minority Whips.
On motion by Rep. C. F. Jones, the rules were waived and all organi-
zational remarks were spread upon the Journal.


Death of Representative W. R. Hodges
The Honorable W. R. Hodges, Member of the House from District 104
(now District 109) died October 12, 1982.

Having completed its organization, the House of Representatives, on
motion by Rep. Thompson, adjourned at 12:38 p.m., sine die.


THIS IS TO CERTIFY that the foregoing pages numbered 1
through 14, inclusive, are and constitute a complete, true and cor-
rect journal and record of the proceedings of the House of Repre-
sentatives of the State of Florida at the Organization Session of
the Seventy-first House since Statehood in 1845, convened under
the Constitution, held on November 16, 1982.


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