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ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY DIRECTOR CONFIRMED

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On Friday, the Florida Senate confirmed Jesse Panuccio as executive director of Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity, even though he presided over the troubled rollout of the $63 million CONNECT website for unemployment benefits. It's rare that Florida senators flat out reject an appointment. It hasn't happened since 2010, when the Senate rejected two of Gov. Charlie Crist's appointments to the Public Service Commission. A likelier scenario is that senators never take it up, and the confirmation just dies. Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, submitted a list of 42 appointees he recommended for confirmation. There was no debate. No discussion. Senators voted 37-0 on the confirmations, which included Panuccio and his $141,000 job.

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