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July 16, 2019

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President Galvano Appoints Senator Pizzo to the Criminal Punishment Code Task Force

Senator Pizzo and Larry Eger, Public Defender for the 12th Circuit, to represent the Senate

Tallahassee —

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today announced the appointments of Senator Jason Pizzo (D-N. Miami Beach) and Larry Eger, Public Defender for the 12th Judicial Circuit, to represent the Senate on the Criminal Punishment Code Task Force.

“Criminal justice reform is an important priority for many Senators, and I appreciate Senator Pizzo’s willingness to represent us on this important Task Force. As a former Assistant State Attorney in Miami Dade County, he will bring an important perspective to the Task Force,” said President Galvano. “Likewise, Larry Eger will provide an important voice for public defenders across Florida and ensure their viewpoints are considered as the Task Force considers recommendations for legislative changes to Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code.”

“I am honored to have been appointed by President Galvano, and will serve with the diligence commensurate to this great responsibility,” said Senator Pizzo.

The Criminal Punishment Code Task Force was created by House Bill 7125, sponsored in the Senate by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg). The legislation creates the Task Force, adjunct to the Department of Legal Affairs, for the purpose of reviewing, evaluating, and making recommendations regarding sentencing for and ranking of noncapital felony offenses under the Criminal Punishment Code.

The task force will submit a report to Governor DeSantis, President Galvano, Speaker Oliva, and the Chief Justice Canady no later than June 30, 2020, which must include, at a minimum, the issues considered by the task force, any recommendations for legislative changes, and an analysis of the expected impact of such recommendations if enacted by the Legislature.