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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Dec. 19, 201212:00 PM EST

Smith to withdraw Bright Futures bill

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A proposal to require Bright Futures scholarship recipients to return the money if they drop out or move to another state is being mothballed, its sponsor said in a statement Tuesday. State Rep. Jimmie Smith (R-Inverness) filed the proposal, HB 35, last week. The bill was "intended to make sure that Bright Futures has the longevity it needs to benefit the most students possible," Smith said in a statement. "However, after thoughtful discussion with constituents, I feel this goal could be better achieved by different means and look forward to working diligently to find answers to the issues that need to be addressed concerning Florida's Bright Futures Scholarship Program." The popular scholarship program has seen its costs rise rapidly with more students using the assistance. Lawmakers have made changes in recent years to tighten academic requirements for the Bright Futures program.

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