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House, Senate bills seek broad changes to Department of Financial Services

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A pair of bills making way through both the House and Senate this week seek to make wide-ranging changes to the Department of Financial Services. Among the changes, according to LobbyTools, include the establishment of new public employee programs as well as modifying several existing programs, insurance regulations, fire codes and others. For fire departments, HB 651, sponsored by Monticello Republican Rep. Halsey Beshears, and SB 992, from St. Petersburg Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes, will create a grant program for volunteer fire departments and change the…

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