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Panuccio takes first step in confirmation despite heat over unemployment system

The Senate must confirm Jesse Panuccio as DEO executive director this year or he is out of a job. His nomination has cleared one of the three committees needed for his name to be submitted to the full Senate. Photo from Jesse Panuccio

Department of Economic Opportunity executive director Jesse Panuccio received a unanimous vote Wednesday for confirmation from the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development, but not before pointed questions and comments about the switch last fall to a new unemployment system that delayed benefit payments for thousands of out of work Floridians.

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