Personnel notes: Mike Hansen, Charles Corley nominations sail through Senate commitee

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A Senate committee waved through Gov. Rick Scott’s nominations of Charles Corley for secretary of Elderly Affairs and Michael Hansen for director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in just three minutes Thursday. Members of the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee voted unanimously for the nominees, with no questions asked. “I feel comfortable with you,” Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, told Hansen, referring to his long legislative service, which includes directing the Office of Policy and Budget in the Executive Office of the Governor and several high-ranking posts in the House of Representatives. Corley has worked at DEA since 2000, serving as a division director and interim secretary. The meeting was also notable for the appearance of former Senate President Ken Pruitt as a lobbyist. Pruitt was supporting SB 694, a bill by Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, which would allow adult day care centers to seek licensure with a specialty in Alzheimer’s disease. Pruitt tried to waive his speaking time in support of the bill, but Sen. Jack Latvala, R-St. Petersburg, objected. “I have a whole page of questions,” Latvala said. And Pruitt was eloquent about the plight of families with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s. “They’re being torn apart,” he said. The committee passed the bill unanimously, and Latvala observed that Pruitt “hasn’t lost his touch. Welcome to the other side of the table.”

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