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Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater today announced the addition of two new specially trained canines to the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations K-9 Unit. K-9s “Bailey” and “Booker” join five dogs that are trained to detect common accelerants at fire scenes.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, beginning next week, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today announced the launch of a new initiative to promote financial education within Florida’s Hispanic community. The new initiative, called Family Foundations: Building a Strong Financial Future, or Fundaciones Familiares: Construyendo un Futuro Financiero Sólido, will provide information on banking, savings, debt and more to Florida’s Spanish-speaking consumers. Additionally, the Department of Financial Services’ will now offer Operation S.A.F.E. (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) Be Scam Smart workshops for seniors in Spanish, beginning September 17, in Hollywood, Florida. SPANISH TRANSLATION INCLUDED IN RELEASE.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today issued the following statement on the lawsuit to eliminate the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program.

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