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As he ascends to Senate presidency, Galvano says he's looking for 'innovative new ideas'

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By Hannah Morse and Richard Dymond

There were signs in 2009 that then-Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom had used his power several years earlier to funnel tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, including $6 million for an airport building that a private developer wanted to use for his corporate jet business.

Although Sansom insisted he had acted properly, the man who was then chairman of the House’s Select Committee on Standards of Official Conduct did not agree and was relentless in moving the rule and ethics violation allegations forward.

That chairman was a lawyer from Bradenton named Bill Galvano.

Galvano will replace Joe Negron as Florida Senate president in 2018 and become the person who sets the agenda and priorities for the Senate, appoints committee chairs, references all the bills and negotiates with the federal government. 
His colleagues and community leaders believe he fits the bill. Story here.