Florida Senate fails to confirm hundreds of Gov. Scott’s appointees

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The Florida Senate snubbed hundreds of Gov. Rick Scott’s appointments to state agencies and local governing boards when members adjourned the 2012 session without confirming the appointees.

Those who were not confirmed included the heads of the state’s prisons agency, as well as the agency that deals with elder affairs and persons with disabilities. Members of state boards that run universities and colleges and four members of theState Board of Education also were not confirmed.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities Secretary Mike Hansen said he was waiting with “bated breath” the final night of session for his confirmation. “We were told it was teed up and ready to go but they never got to it,” Hansen toldThe Florida Current. “I don’t feel like it was anything personal against me.”

Under state law, Hansen, Secretary of Corrections Kenneth Tucker, Department of Elderly Affairs Interim Director Charles Corley, Secretary of State Kenneth Detznerand Office of Early Learning Director Melody Jurado, among others, would have to leave their posts by April 23 unless Scott reappoints them by then.

Material from the Associated Press and the Florida Current was used in this report.

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