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Florida Secretary Of State Could Become Elected Office

Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) talks Medicaid expansion plans
Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) talks Medicaid expansion plans

Florida could see the position of Secretary of State turn from an appointed position to an elected one. A Fernandina Beach lawmaker filed legislation filed this session to do just that.

Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) talks Medicaid expansion plans
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Republican Sen. Aaron Bean is sponsoring a joint resolution to change and elevate the Secretary of State position. Currently, the governor appoints the secretary of state. The proposal keeps the position appointed for the term starting in 2019 and then changes it to a statewide elected office in 2022. The proposal also makes the office a cabinet position.

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Sarah Mueller is the first recipient of the WFSU Media Capitol Reporting Fellowship. She’ll be covering the 2017 Florida legislative session and recently earned her master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting at the University of Illinois Springfield. Sarah was part of the Illinois Statehouse press corps as an intern for NPR Illinois in 2016. When not working, she enjoys playing her yellow lab, watching documentaries and reading memoirs.
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