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Pedicures and manicures and special session votes

The Florida House on the first day of special session moved quickly on its legislative proposals for insurance, with several councils approving major bills on insurance, the state building code and the state's mitigation program.

Rep. Don Brown, chairman of the Jobs and Entrepreneurship Council and an insurance agent, voted for the House's major insurance bill, but not before getting sarcastic about one provision. After discussing a clause that requires companies that sell homeowners in other states to sell homeowners in Florida, Brown began joking about whether he should require his barber to perform pedicures and manicures. "He doesn't do it now because he's a redneck,'' said Brown, a Republican from DeFuniak Springs.

Bill sponsor Rep. David Rivera, a Miami Republican, responded by saying that if he found his barber was performing manicures and pedicures for rich tourists in South Beach that he would ask his barber why he couldn't do it for his regular customers as well.