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E-Cig Ban, Scott's Auto Fee Rollback Among Slew Of Measures Senate Passed

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Governor Rick Scott speaking to reporters Tuesday about the Senate passing one of his top legislative priorities.

The Senate passed a series of bills Tuesday from a bill making sure gun owners don’t face discrimination to one of Governor Rick Scott’s top legislative priorities.

Scott says he’s happy the Florida Senate passed the auto fee rollback that seeks to reduce the amount Floridians pay in vehicle registration fees. Now, he says it’s the House’s turn.

“I want to thank Senator Gaetz, Senator Negron, and everyone in the Senate for all their hard work in making that happen. I want to thank Speaker Weatherford for all of his help. I look forward to seeing it go the Florida House and passing so that we can give this money back to Florida citizens so they can buy a House, buy a car, and continue to live their dreams,” said Scott, speaking to reporters Tuesday.

Using what he calls the state’s “big” budget surplus, Scott says the bill that unanimously passed the Senate could save motorists at least 20 dollars a year in auto tag and registration fees.

The full Senate also approved a bill that makes it illegal to give or sell e-cigarettes to minors and another that seeks to ban so-called revenge porn, which makes it illegal to post a sexually explicit image of someone on a website or social media site, without their consent.

And, on a 36-3 vote, Senators also passed another measure aimed at enhancing the penalties so insurance companies don’t discriminate against gun owners by denying them coverage, not renewing their policy, or charging them higher rates.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.