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Bright Futures Program Change Could Allow For Political Campaign Credit

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Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A bill that would allow Florida students seeking a college scholarship from the state to work on political campaigns and get credit for it has passed the Florida Senate.

Lawmakers voted 36-1 Thursday for the bill that would make changes to the service requirements for the popular Bright Futures program.

The changes would make it clear that students cannot get paid for their community service work. But volunteer work could include internships and work done on behalf of any candidate.

High school graduates who want a Bright Futures scholarship must complete between 75 and 100 hours of community service work in order to be eligible.

It’s not clear if the bill will make it to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott. A similar measure has not moved in the Florida House.

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