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Jobs agency head moves closer to confirmation

The Senate must confirm Jesse Panuccio as DEO executive director this year or he is out of a job. Monday, his nomination cleared a final committee stop and will be scheduled for a floor vote. Photo from Jesse Panuccio

Department of Economic Opportunity executive director Jesse Panuccio moved one step closer to confirmation Monday as he cleared the last Senate panel hurdle before reaching the floor for a final vote.

Members of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee questioned his handling of the switch to CONNECT, a new unemployment system, that caused delays for thousands of out of work Floridians seeking weekly jobless benefits checks.

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