Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, has tapped controversial freshman state Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, to chair the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee.

Norman was one of dozens of senators selected by Haridopolos, who took over as Senate president Tuesday. The JAPC’s duties can be seen here.

Haridopolos supported Norman during his campaign for the Senate District 12 seat, and continued his support during a lawsuit filed against Norman by his opponent in the Republican primary, former State Rep. Kevin Ambler.

As a result of the lawsuit, a Leon County Circuit Judge tossed Norman from the ballot — saying he failed to disclose a $500,000 gift from a Tampa businessman who often appeared before the Hillsborough County Commission, which Norman served on before running for Senate. Testimony revealed Norman’s wife used the money to purchase an Arkansas home.

An appeals court later overturned the ruling and placed Norman back on the a ballot. Norman went on to to win the election, running unopposed by the Democrats.

The St. Petersburg Times has reported that Norman is still the subject of state ethics complaints over the house controversy. Norman has also been investigated by federal authorities.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

NOAA finds dwindling species in Keys Marine Sanctuary

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Association has released its annual condition report for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The report, which will guide a comprehensive review of sanctuary regulations in 2012, details the decline of several species and resources in the area, which have suffered as a result of both climate change and human impact.

Anti-reproductive rights group to focus on RU 486 at Jacksonville event

The Association for Interdisciplinary Research in Values and Social Change, an anti-reproductive rights group that includes medical professionals, will be hosting its annual conference at the end of June in Jacksonville. According to the group's press release on National Right to Life News, the event's focus will be on the special dangers posed by chemical abortions using the RU 486 drug.