New legislator likes committee assignmentsBy JOSH ZIMMER, Times Staff Writer
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published January 5, 2003
LUTZ -- With the election long over, new House District 47 incumbent Kevin Ambler had his eyes set on other concerns, such as learning how the state Legislature operates and what his role in the upcoming session would be.
On Thursday some of the Republican's questions were answered when the House leadership released its new committee assignments for 2003 and 2004. The higher-ups were good to Ambler, a civil litigator and military reservist judge who will deal with with many of the issues he said he hoped to address as a freshman legislator.
His committee selections are Health Care Appropriations, Business Regulation, Commerce and Local Government and Veterans Affairs.
"I'm real excited about the opportunity to serve on each of those committees," said the Cheval resident, who got the call around 10 p.m. "It's going to be a wonderful opportunity to have a say-so in a lot of issues facing Florida."
During the campaign, Ambler opposed new taxes while supporting an increase in health care coverage. He defeated Carrollwood Village Democrat Michael Steinberg and Libertarian Robert Schwartzberg in the general election.
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