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Hukill Proposes Refund Program for Space, Defense Businesses

Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, has filed a bill, Senate Bill 236, intended to stimulate job growth by providing tax refunds to businesses that create new, high-demand, high-wage, and high-value jobs.

SB 236 would offer tax refunds through the Qualified Targeted Industries and Qualified Defense Contract programs to space- and defense-related businesses that create high-wage jobs.

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Simpson Files Military Consumer Protection Bill for Pam Bondi

Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, has filed a bill proposed by Attorney General Pam Bondi that increases criminal penalties for those found ripping off military service personnel.

The Military Protection Act, Senate Bill 716, extends existing protections under state statutes regarding deceptive and unfair trade practices to cover military service members and their families, Simpson stated in a release.

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OIR: Praetorian Insurance Rate Decrease to Save Consumers $98 Million

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation announced Monday its approval of an 18.8 percent statewide rate decrease for Praetorian Insurance Co.s collateral protection program.

This rate filing impacts 126,336 policies representing a premium volume of $521 million and results in a decrease to consumers of $98 million, according to the state office.

The insurance, called force-placed, typically is imposed on individuals who had failed to secure homeowners insurance as required by mortgage and other lenders.

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Don Gaetz to Address Florida’s Property Appraisers

Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, will address the Florida Association of Property Appraisers on Tuesday as part of the groups pre-legislative conference in Tallahassee.

The talk is set for 9 a.m. in the Senate chambers of the state Capitol.

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Soto Seeks to Keep Sunshine State on Daylight Savings Time

In the realm of bills filed more to make a statement, Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, has filed a bill that proposes Florida set its clocks to daylight saving time year round.

Senate Bill 734, the Sunshine Protection Act," would first require the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to study adjustments in standard agricultural practices due to the year-round observance of daylight saving time.

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Scott to Address Higher Education, Environmental Budgets on Monday

Gov. Rick Scott intends to highlight environmental and higher educational proposals in his 2013 fiscal plan during stops in West Palm Beach and Gainesville on Monday, according to releases from the governor's office.

First up will be education, with Scott outlining his educational funding proposals at the University of Floridas Nanoscale Research Facility at 9 a.m.

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Rick Scott Names Peter A. Wish to Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Dr. Peter A. Wish, the president of the Gulf Coast Healthstyle Corp., to the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority.

Wish, 67, of Sarasota, succeeds Robert Waechter. The term is through Nov. 17, 2016.

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Ken Tucker Now Heading District Office for U.S. Attorney

In the where are they now files, former Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Ken Tucker is now serving as law enforcement coordination specialist for U.S. Attorney Pamela Marsh.

Tucker, who stepped downnear the end of 2012 from his post at the DOC, is managing the Northern District of Florida's LEC program where he is reportedly developing programs to link with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

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Greenberg Traurig Executive Director to Remain on FIU Board

Gov. Rick Scott has reappointed Cesar Alvarez, the chief executive officer at the global law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, to the Florida International University board of trustees.

The term for Alvarez, 65, of South Miami, is to run through Jan. 8, 2018.

The appointment requires Senate confirmation.

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Rick Scott names Ronnie Duncan to Tampa Transit Authority

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Ronnie Duncan, a former Southwest Florida Water Management District board member, to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority.

Duncan, 55, of Tarpon Springs, served as Pinellas County commissioner from 2004 to 2008 and was a member of the water management district from 1999 to 2005.

His term is through Sept. 20, 2015.

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