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Senate passes financial literacy bill, honors Hukill

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After years of Sen. Dorothy Hukill pursuing the idea, the Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a measure that would require future high-school students to earn a half-credit in financial literacy before graduation.

Senators also named the bill (SB 392) the "Dorothy L. Hukill Financial Literacy Education Act." Hukill, a Port Orange Republican who is chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, has been absent from Tallahassee throughout this year's legislative session because of treatment for cancer.

Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican who proposed naming the bill after Hukill, called it a "fitting recognition" for her.

Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and other senators said Hukill has remained engaged in pursuing her bills and other legislation throughout the session. He said she has made "incredible progress" in her treatment but has stayed home at the instructions of doctors. A similar House bill (HB 955) is ready to be considered by the full House.