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Former Speaker of the House Allen Bense Being Treated in Atlanta Center

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Former state House Speaker Allan Bense, a Panama City Republican, is receiving treatment at an Atlanta rehabilitation facility after being diagnosed in September with a neuromuscular disorder.

Bense, 62, was admitted this week to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta to undergo rehabilitation for Guillain-Barre syndrome, according to a news release Thursday from the center. The syndrome involves a person's immune system attacking nerves.

Bense on Sept. 8 began experiencing symptoms similar to a heart attack, according to a message on CaringBridge, an online site where people can share information about health issues. He was later diagnosed with the syndrome, which starts with weakness and tingling in extremities and can spread to other parts of the body.

Bense, who has also been a prominent figure in business groups such as the Florida Chamber of Commerce, served as speaker from 2004 to 2006. He is the father-in-law of current House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel.

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Information provided by The News Service of Florida

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