Florida Cabinet to Piece Together Only Four Sessions in 2024

Florida Cabinet to Piece Together Only Four Sessions in 2024

The current administration, led by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet, has opted for a reduced meeting schedule compared to previous administrations. In 2024, they plan to convene four times, a slight decrease from the frequency in 2023.

Through a telephonic meeting, DeSantis, along with Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, and Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson, approved a schedule featuring Cabinet meetings on March 26, June 11, Sept. 24, and Dec. 17.

Additionally, they are slated to meet as the state clemency board on March 27, June 12, Sept. 25, and Dec. 18.

This recent meeting marked their fifth Cabinet gathering for the year, with the last in-person meeting occurring on May 23.

The only other in-person meeting was on Jan. 17, while the rest were conducted via phone. Notably, a call on Sept. 18 saw DeSantis, Moody, and Patronis serving in their capacity as trustees of the State Board of Administration.

In contrast, the administration of then-Gov. Rick Scott, along with then-Attorney General Pam Bondi, then-CFO Jeff Atwater, and then-Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, held 18 meetings in their first year in 2011.

Subsequently, over the next six years, the governor and Cabinet convened between 11 and 15 times annually. The replacement of Atwater by Patronis in 2017 saw nine Cabinet meetings, including two teleconferences, in 2018.

Under former Gov. Charlie Crist and former Gov. Jeb Bush, the Cabinet met approximately 20 times per year.

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