Decision Time Nears For Major Legislation

Mar 22, 2016

Governor Scott flanked by House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (left) Senate President Andy Gardiner (right) and Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner (far right).
Credit Nathan Edwards, Office of the Governor

Time is running out for Florida Gov. Rick Scott to have his say on a number of bills.  If Scott does nothing the legislation becomes law.

There are more than 150 measures waiting for the governor’s signature or veto.  State law gives Scott one week from a bill’s arrival on his desk to take action—if he does nothing the measure becomes law.  The governor has until Wednesday to decide what to do about a Miami Dade needle exchange program.  It’s the same story for a proposal mandating new procedures for handling rape kits. 

Another bill with a Wednesday deadline grants courts greater say in adoptions.  Sen. Nancy Detert (R-Venice) sponsored the bill.

“This bill changes the law to allow judges to use the child’s best interest standard when making these life changing decisions for children,” Detert explained on the Senate floor in February.

She says current law allows parents convicted of child abuse to determine who can adopt their kids. 

Scott has until Thursday for a police body cameras measure.  So far the governor has issued no vetoes other than line item rejections in the budget.