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CFO Jimmy Patronis’ Statement on Overwhelming Support of Eliminating the Credit Report Freeze Fee

3/7/2018

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 
Contact: Anna Alexopoulos Farrar, 850.413.2842, Anna.Farrar@myfloridacfo.com 
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued the following statement regarding the unanimous passage of one of his top priorities, House Bill 953, eliminating the fee imposed on Floridians to freeze their credit. The bill will now be ready to head to Gov. Rick Scott for signature.
 
“Recent reports indicate that Florida is the top state in the nation for consumer fraud, and ranks second for identity theft reports in 2017. We know one of the best ways to protect yourself from fraud is to freeze your credit. Today’s unanimous vote comes in the midst of National Consumer Protection Week and I’m proud Floridians will be able to more easily protect themselves from fraud.
 
“Thank you to Rep. Shawn Harrison, Sen. Jeffrey Brandes, and Commissioner Adam Putnam for their support of this good bill.”
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a native Floridian and a member of Florida’s Cabinet, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).