TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott made his first appearance before a legislative committee to ask for approval of a bill that creates a state Department of Economic Opportunity.
The governor got his wish Friday as the bill (PCB SCGR 11-03) cleared the House Select Committee on Government Reorganization by a vote of 17-6. He entered the committee room to a standing ovation.
The bill creates the new department by combining three other agencies: the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development, the Agency for Workforce Innovation and the Department of Community Affairs (DCA).
Scott has said he wants a one-stop shop for companies interested in doing business in Florida. Critics complain the new department will take away from the DCA's ability to manage growth.