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  Vol. 7 No. 3 March 2018


Estimados Compañeros Floridanos:

First and foremost, thank you for the work you do every day for your clients. You get up every morning focused on providing your neighbors with the financial protection needed at some of their most vulnerable times.

I've been on the job since July 1, 2017 and since then I've made it a top priority to streamline government so that the laws on the books work for Floridians, not against them. As a former small business owner, I know how critical this is to operating your business.

One of the ways we did that during the 2018 Legislative Session was to waive application fees for insurance profession licensees who are members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their spouses, and veterans who have separated from service within 24 months before application. This helps make it easier for our military community to take charge of their economic futures.

We replaced an unnecessary license process for the "Managing General Agent" license with an appointment; extended the validity of fingerprints with my Division of Insurance Agent & Agency Services to 48 months so you don't have to get fingerprinted each time you apply for an additional license; created alternative methods to receive pre-licensure education in lieu of the state examination for the all-lines adjusters license; and we streamlined the process for appointing nonresident adjusters.

We had a busy 60 days, but it was important to me that my office better serves our customers. I'm hard-wired to be a customer servant and what we accomplished together is just the start. I welcome your feedback and want you to know I'm listening to your ideas and concerns. Feel free to email me at any time.



Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida
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