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UPDATED: Stargel to serve on FHSAA public liaison advisory committee

Senate President Don Gaetz made an unusual appointment to the Florida High School Athletic Association's public liaison advisory committee on Thursday: Sen. Kelli Stargel.

Stargel, a Lakeland Republican, has been an outspoken critic of the organization, and has pushed legislation seeking to revamp its structure. The high school athletics bill she sponsored this year died during the session.

In 2012, Stargel was involved in a legislative effort to create a separate sports association for a handful of private schools.

"I've said all along that the FHSAA has the ability to make some good changes," Stargel said late Thursday. "They just haven't been willing to do so yet... Hopefully, we can have some important conversations now and make changes from within."

The public liaison advisory committee is tasked with creating recommendations on "policies and procedures that will improve the implementation and oversight of high school athletic programs by the organization," according to the FHSAA website.

Gaetz announced three other appointments Thursday:

* Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, will serve on the Southern States Energy Board.

* Sen. John Legg, R-Trinity, will serve on the Education Commission of the States.

* Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, will serve on the Workforce Florida, Inc., board of directors.