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Decision Time Nears For Major Legislation

Governor Scott flanked by House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (left) Senate President Andy Gardiner (right) and Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner (far right).
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. 

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.