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LOOKING BACK YEAR IN REVIEW: MAY Gov. Rick Scott signs a bill into law. Contributed photo MAY 3 Add another entry to the list of controversial Rick Scott line item vetoes: $100,000 for a fetal alcohol diagnostic and intervention clinic here in Sarasota. The Florida Legislature approved the funding for The Florida Center for Early Childhood program after tense negotiations between the House and Senate and strong advocacy by the Suncoast���s legislative delegation. Florida Center President and CEO Kathyrn Shea credits state Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, and Rep. Ray Pilon, R-Sarasota, for their work securing the additional $100,000 for the program this year. But their efforts were for naught. Working to dispel myths, representatives of Florida Power & Light Co. tell members of the Siesta Key Association May 3 that the new Smartmeters the company is installing throughout its territory do not transmit personal information. Steve Anderson, a manager of the project, says one of the common myths about the meters ���is that we���re going to know when you���re home and when you cook toast,��� for example. ���That is not true,��� he adds. He compares a Smartmeter to a scale which shows a person���s weight, but not what the person consumed to get to that weight. A customer also will be able to calculate monthly bills with considerable reliability, Anderson says.

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