THE FLORIDA CABINET MEETS
Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink
will be onboard for her first Cabinet meeting on
Thursday, January 18. She
is one of three state-wide elected officials comprising the
Florida Cabinet with Attorney General Bill McCollum and Commissioner Charles
The governor is the
popularly elected chief executive of Florida, but the three members of the
Cabinet are elected by the people and serve as a collective decision- and rule-making body for the state along with the governor. Each Cabinet
member serves a four-year term with a two-term limit and is wholly
responsible for the administration of at least one state department. CFO
Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services. The Governor is
responsible for the administration of most other state agencies.
with Governor Charlie Crist, the Cabinet acts as the board of directors for
the following agencies:
State Board of Executive Clemency
State Board of
Division of Bond
Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission
Electrical Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting
The Board of Trustees Internal Improvement Trust Fund
Cabinet Day serves as
Floridaís town meeting with the publicís business transacted in an open
forum. These meetings afford the general public an opportunity to watch
their state government in action.
Cabinet meetings are publicly noticed and usually occur
every other week on Tuesdays in the Cabinet meeting room of the Capitol
building. Each Cabinet member has aides on staff for Cabinet duties,
important for conducting Cabinet business. Cabinet aides weigh public
opinion, communicate with other members' aides, and engage in investigating
and researching issues. Before the Cabinet meets, the aides thoroughly
brief Cabinet members on the issues. Cabinet aides' meetings usually
occur on Wednesdays prior to Cabinet meetings so that proponents and
opponents of issues will have a public forum in which to express concerns.
The next Cabinet meeting will
be held on January 18, 2007.
*Chief Financial Officer Sink serves with Governor Crist and Attorney
General McCollum as the State Board of Administration.