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Senate confirms agency heads, PSC members

The Senate on Friday unanimously approved the confirmation of nine heads of state agencies and water-management districts, along with three members of the Florida Public Service Commission.

Approved agency heads were Erin Rock, secretary of the Department of Management Services; Jim Poppell, secretary of the Department of Lottery; Michael Dew, secretary of the Department of Transportation; Noah Valenstein, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection; Phillip Sutton, executive director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Eric Larson, executive director of the Agency for State Technology; Jonathan Zachem, secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation; Ernie Marks, executive director of the South Florida Water Management District; and Hugh Thomas, executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District.

Confirmed Public Service Commission members were Chairman Art Graham and commissioners Gary Clark and Andrew Fay.

Gov. Rick Scott reappointed Graham and appointed Clark last year to the utility-regulatory board and appointed Fay early this year.

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