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It's academy time for House members

At the wonderful hour of 8 a.m. on Tuesday, House Speaker Marco Rubio will kick off a two-day "House Member Academy."

Included on the program will be segments on how the House will handle the budget this coming year, the newly adopted rules, media relations, bill drafting and "working with lobbyists." The media relations segment, it should be noted, will be led in part by Rep. Dennis Baxley, an Ocala Republican who is probably one of the most quoted members of the Legislature. The session on how to have a productive meeting with a lobbyist will be led by Reps. Joe Pickens and Andy Gardiner. Interestingly, the session on media relations will last an hour, but the one on how to deal with lobbyists is only a half-hour long.