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Gov. Scott's new jobs chief gets fast tracked



Florida Gov. Rick Scott is still struggling to get the Florida Legislature to give him the money he wants to recruit new businesses to the state. But he's having no trouble getting who he wants to serve as his new jobs chief.

For the second time in a week, a Senate committee unanimously backed Cissy Proctor to be the new executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity. Before the Florida Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism, Proctor stressed she is committed to working with the Legislature. Proctor is replacing Jesse Panuccio, who was criticized frequently by legislators for not working close enough with them.

"To be successful we need to focus on our mission, which is to make Florida the best state in the nation to live, work, play and do business," Proctor said.

State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, acknowledged that the Senate is trying to "fast tracked" Proctor's appointment so she can feel secure in her job.

"The only thing I ask is for you to be fast and factual when we ask questions and research what has gone wrong in the past," Detert said.

Proctor still needs final approval by the full Senate before the session ends on March 11.


[Last modified: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 10:58am]


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