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Statement by CFO & State Fire Marshal Sink on the House Committee’s Unanimous Passage of Fire Safety Bill

3/20/2008

CONTACT:  Tara Klimek or Kevin Cate
(850) 413-2842  
 
TALLAHASSEE— Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Alex Sink today applauded the Florida House Committee on Financial Institutions for unanimously passing House Bill 1041, “Fire Prevention and Control Bill.”  CFO Sink’s legislation is sponsored by State Representative Luis Garcia, Jr. (D-Miami Beach), a retired Miami Beach fire chief, and enhances the State Fire Marshal’s authority in arson investigations and related crimes and improves requirements for firefighter training and certification.
 
“I thank Rep. Luis Garcia, Jr. and his House colleagues for their efforts to champion fire safety and support those who serve bravely,” said CFO Alex Sink.  “This bill will strengthen all areas of fire safety, including arson investigation, resulting in better fire protection throughout our great state.”
 
HB 1041 will now proceed to the House Jobs and  Entrepreneurship Council and the Policy and Budget Council before heading to the House Floor.  The companion bill, SB 2388, is sponsored by State Senator Burt Saunders (R-Naples).
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink  oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.