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4/2/2014 Member News

Bill for Florida SouthWestern Passes

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Bill for Florida SouthWestern Passes
Bill Goes to Governor Scott for Signature 

March 28, 2014 – TALLAHASSEE, FL. – Yesterday, Senate Bill (SB) 236 was approved by the Florida House of Representatives to change the name of Edison State College to Florida SouthWestern State College. The bill is sponsored by Senator Garrett Richter. SB 236 was substituted in the House for HB 137, its companion measure, sponsored by Representative Matt Hudson.

“This marks a new day for the Southwest Florida region with the continuation of the history and traditions of Edison State College as it now moves forward as Florida SouthWestern State College,” said Representative Matt Hudson, who studied at Edison State College. “The impact this college has had and will continue to have is immeasurable with over 40,000 graduates.”

“Florida SouthWestern State College brings with it a 52-year history of educational opportunities, especially in workforce-driven careers which are critical to the economic vitality of our region,” said Senator Garrett Richter, who sponsored Senate Bill 236 to change the college’s name. Senator Richter’s District 23 area includes parts of Collier and Lee counties. “I’m also looking forward to cheering for the Buccaneers when the college brings athletic competition back in the fall of 2015.”

“The overwhelming support we have received from both the House and Senate bills by Representative Hudson and Senator Richter is greatly appreciated,” said Dr. Jeff Allbritten, President, Edison State College.

“I am very grateful to our sponsors, Senator Richter and Representative Hudson, for their leadership and support in this process,” added Matt Holliday, Director of Government Relations at Edison State College, “The rapid approval of this legislation is a testimony to the respect their colleagues have for them”.