Scott under fire for Cuba-Syria flap

May 3, 2012

Florida Senator Rene Garcia is asking the Senate President to look into whether the Governor’s claims that Garcia’s bill can’t be enforced are true. As Sascha Cordner reports, the Governor made those claims, after he signed the measure Tuesday regarding Cuba-Syria trade restrictions.

Scott recently signed a bill that would ban state and local governments from hiring companies that do business in Cuba or Syria. It’s supposed to take effect July 1st. But, following the signing ceremony, Scott issued a statement saying the law can’t take effect until the federal government passes legislation giving states the authority to enforce such a measure. Bill sponsor Senator Rene Garcia says Scott is misinformed.

“The reality is that after he signs the bill that the Legislature passed, that will be the law of the land. It will be up to the courts to determine whether or not it will be constitutional or not. I don’t think it’s up to the executive branch to determine the constitutionality of it or whether it can be enforced.”

Despite his earlier statement, the Governor said Wednesday he stands by the July 1st date, even though it may not withstand a legal challenge.