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Bill gives governor more power over workforce boards

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.,None - Gov. Rick Scott and his successors would get more authority over the state's 24 regional workforce boards under a bill that's passed in the Florida House.

Representatives voted 95-19 for the measure (HB 7023) that now goes to the Senate.

The legislation was filed after questionable spending practices by the federally funded boards, which promote employment opportunities.

It would let the governor remove board members and executive directors.

Rep. Evan Jenne, a Dania Beach Democrat, spoke out against the bill. He said it would give governors too much authority over local issues

He called it "bipolar policymaking" because Tallahassee would be imposing its will on the local level while at the same time complaining about federal mandates to the states.