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Gov. Rick Scott reappoints 14 agency heads; 2 others in limbo

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday reappointed the heads of 14 state agencies after the Senate adjourned sine die without confirming any of them, and the status of two others was not immediately clear.

Scott's office issued a statement announcing the reappointments of state technology officer Jason Allison; surgeon general John Armstrong; transportation secretary James Boxold; children and families secretary Mike Carroll; juvenile justice secretary Christy Daly; AHCA secretary Liz Dudek; Secretary of State Ken Detzner; corrections secretary Julie Jones; business and professional regulation secretary Ken Lawson; lottery secretary Cynthia O'Connell; director Barbara Palmer of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities; employment opportunity secretary Jesse Panuccio; management services director Barbara Palmer; and elder affairs secretary Samuel Verghese.

Two other agency heads were not reappointed Monday and both require approval of the Cabinet as well. They are Jon Steverson, executive director of the Department of Environmental Protection, and Rick Swearingen, executive director of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

By law, a gubernatorial appointee who is not confirmed by the Senate must be reappointed within 45 days of the end of the session. The only scheduled Cabinet meeting within that 45-day window is set for Tuesday.

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