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Florida credit unions name Steve Crisafulli 2014 ‘Lawmaker of the Year’

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The Florida Credit Union Association today announced the recipient of its 2014 best-legislator award: House Speaker Steve Crisafulli.

“Today, we recognize Speaker Crisafulli as our 2014 Lawmaker of the Year and thank him for his support of the Florida Credit Union Association,” said Patrick La Pine, the group’s president and CEO in a statement on Tuesday.

“Speaker Crisafulli recognizes the importance of credit unions and has been a longtime friend to the industry,” continued the statement. “His dedication and leadership in the Florida House of Representatives is much appreciated by all of our members, as well as credit union customers across the state.”

The credit unions are currently embroiled in a food fight with the Florida Bankers Association over a proposal to allow governmental bodies the option of depositing public funds in credit unions, rather than banks alone, as current law requires.

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at

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