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Argenziano among PSC nominees



Sen. Nancy Argenziano, R-Dunnellon, is among 66 nominees for two vacant spots on the Public Service Commission, the five-member group that regulates state utilities.

The spots opened up when two of former Gov. Jeb Bush's nominees, Isilio Arriaga and former state representative Ken Littlefield, resigned last month after new Gov. Charlie Crist tried to recall their nominations and 281 others that Bush made before leaving office.

"What I'm looking at is, I can use my expertise where I'd be one out of five instead of one out of 40," Argenziano said. "It gives you greater input."

Former state senator Les Miller of Tampa is on the list, too. Also nominated are PSC staffer Jeremy Susac and Phil Nowicki, former head of the state lemon law program. Crist last month said he wanted to nominate them in place of Littlefield and Arriaga.

Two committees will review the applications and make recommendations to Crist. The Senate then confirms the four-year appointments, which pay more than $132,000 annually.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:30pm]


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