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With Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad’s departure weeks away, Governor Rick Scott is now a step closer to naming the Secretary’s replacement. A nine-member panel tasked with narrowing down the list of candidates for the job recommended three to the Governor Thursday.

A trio of bills having to do with alternative energy sources passed through a House subcommittee on Tuesday. The most debate surrounded a proposed public-records exemption for high-tech companies trying to win business from public utility companies.

Companies trying to win business from public utility companies could have their information shielded from the public, if a bill passes the Florida Legislature. Major city utility companies, like the ones in Jacksonville and Orlando, want to keep the tech companies’ information secret during the bidding process.