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Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis along with Governor Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet today signed a resolution declaring January 14-20, 2018 as “Florida Thrift Week.” The resolution was done in partnership with the James Madison Institute (JMI), a Florida-based research and educational organization with the mission of keeping Floridians informed about their government, to renew the study and teaching of thrift to Floridians.
At a joint press conference today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis and Agriculture Commissioner Adam H. Putnam along with Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Rep. Shawn Harrison (R-Tampa) urged lawmakers to eliminate the credit report freeze fee during the 2018 Legislative Session. Senate Bill 1302, sponsored by Sen. Brandes, and House Bill 953, sponsored by Rep. Harrison, aim to make it easier for Floridians to protect themselves from fraud.  HB 953 passed unanimously out of its first committee, House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee, today. 

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and the Department of Financial Services and State Attorney Katherine Fernande Rundle today announced the recent sentencing of Braulio Valenzuela, for filing a false insurance claim claiming benefits from a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) clinic.  Valenzuela claimed, that as a pedestrian, he was struck by an elderly woman reversing her vehicle out of a convenient store’s parking space May 5, 2015.