Friday, November 24, 2017
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Bill would increase local oversight of Pasco Housing Authority

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County commissioners would have more control over the panel that oversees the Pasco County Housing Authority under legislation approved Monday.

The bill, which now heads to Gov. Rick Scott, gives commissioners the power to appoint members to the housing authority's five-person governing board. Currently the governor's office appoints those members.

Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, sponsored the bill after the agency came under fire last year for mismanagement. Prompted by a whistle-blower lawsuit, the housing authority's executive director resigned and Scott replaced each member of the board.

Fasano said local officials are better suited to respond to any future problems at the agency. The bill passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate.

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