TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - One of Florida's most powerful state
officials has stepped down amid investigations into whether he
improperly took a job at a college in the state.
State Rep. Ray Sansom effectively gave up his post as House
speaker as his GOP colleagues were meeting to consider his ouster
as GOP leader, a position that entitles him to serve as speaker.
Republicans voted unanimously to replace Sansom with Speaker Pro
Tempore Larry Cretul.
Sansom will keep the title of speaker, though, until a formal
vote can be taken on his replacement when lawmakers meet in regular
session next month.
The scandal arose after Northwest Florida State College gave
Sansom a $110,000 job after he funneled $35 million to the school
over the last two years. Sansom also has resigned from the college
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