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Governor orders flags at half-mast to honor Ken Plante

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Gov. Rick Scott ordered U.S. and state flags at the Florida Capitol to fly at half-staff tomorrow, in honor of former State Sen. Ken Plante.

Plante passed away March 1 after a three-year battle with ALS.

First elected to the Senate from Winter Park in 1967, Plante served until 1978. After leaving the Legislature, he remained active in both the public and private sectors, serving on the 1977-78 Constitutional Revision Commission, and as a founder of both Florida TaxWatch and the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists.

Plante also served as director of legislative affairs for Gov. Jeb Bush in 1999.

In a memo issued today, Scott directed flags of the United States and the State of Florida flown at half-staff at the County Courthouse of Leon County, Tallahassee City Hall and at the Capitol from sunrise to sunset on Friday.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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