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House looks to move past specter of Sansom

The House gaveled to order this morning short one member: former Speaker Ray Sansom, R-Destin. House Speaker Larry Cretul, who took over for Sansom, didn't dodge the issue in his opening remarks. "Over the last year we have traveled some difficult roads, but today, I intend to look through the windshield and not through the rear view mirror," he said in prepared remarks.

Cretul delivered a stern message when it came to addressing the state's potential $3.2 billion deficit. "We will not play accounting games like they do in Sacramento or Albany," he said.

He also indicated state agencies must accept some of the pain. "Every year the agencies come before you and ask for more taxpayer money ... and they are asked rarely if what they are doing is actually working," Cretul said.

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