The latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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Several staff members who work for House and Senate members and committees have gotten on and off the staffing merry-go-round, according to the House of Representatives and Senate directories. Here’s who’s on and who’s off:

On: Michelle Morton as new staff director of The House Select Committee on Gaming.

Off and On: Legislative analyst Thabata Batchelor has left the House Health & Human Services Committee, while Rebecca Entress has joined the staff in the same capacity.

Off: Legislative assistant Matthew Alford has left the staff of Representative Linda Stewart.  

On: Allison Hess as a legislative assistant in Senate President Don Gaetz’s office.

On: Christopher Lazo has joined the Senate Minority Office as a legislative analyst.

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