SENATE REPUBLICANS SET TO DESIGNATE NEW PRESIDENT

Florida Senate Republicans are scheduled to meet Oct. 24 in a caucus to designate Sen. Bill Galvano as the next Senate president, following the 2018 elections. Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, scheduled the caucus for 11 a.m. in the Senate chamber. Galvano, a Bradenton Republican and lawyer, will be designated by the 26-member caucus to succeed President Joe Negron and oversee the 40-member Senate during the 2019 and 2020 regular sessions. A former House Rules Committee chairman and the current chairman of the Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Galvano has excelled “in critical leadership positions,” Negron, R-Stuart, said in a memo to senators on Monday. “I am confident he will lead the Senate with the steadfast commitment to excellence he has demonstrated throughout his legislative service.”