TALLAHASSEE --Because you asked for it (not really), here's the entire text of House Speaker Will Weatherford's session-opening speech:

Opening Day Speech - 2014
House Speaker Will Weatherford
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Remarks As Prepared

Welcome back to our final Session.

If you kept my gift from Organizational Session, the countdown clock, you’ll note that there are 245 days left.

But for all practical purposes, we’re in the final 60 days of what I hope will mark a productive, meaningful, and policy-focused second half.

And so today, we gather together in this chamber.

A Chamber that the casual observer might say is just one big room with 120 desks, 47 Speaker portraits, 10 historic murals placed in 5,871 square feet of carpet, concrete, and wood. Thankfully, only 1 dais.

This House, the Florida House, is a special place.

And each of us is privileged to be here.

To serve, to represent the millions of Floridians who sent us here to work for them.

A little later this morning we are going to receive the “State of the State” from our Governor, Governor Scott.

As he will outline very clearly, Florida has been on an upward climb for three years because unemployment, taxes and regulation are on the decline. 

We are grateful for the Governor’s leadership.
 
And while we have much to be thankful for, we also have much to do.
I’ve spent time with many of you and have heard, with great interest your individual stories about why you chose to serve here.

As I prepared for this day, I too was reminded of my decision.
I doubt anyone in this room decided to run to seek fame or glory. There are easier ways to do that.  All you need today is a camera phone and a YouTube account.

No, you ran because you wanted to do something.

To change something.

To bring something to this Chamber that otherwise never would have happened, had you not been here.

You probably now know that this can sometimes be a challenging place to realize that dream.

It is a place where the will of one cannot be accomplished without the consent of the majority.

It is a furnace for ideas – a melting pot of opinions and viewpoints. It’s the way our Founders so elegantly designed the structure of our government.