Elections, manufacturing bills hit Gov. Scott’s desk

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Gov. Rick Scott has until May 24 to make decisions on two high-profile bills passed in the closing days of the legislative session, reports the News Service of Florida.

Both a bill meant to avoid the snafus that plagued the November elections (HB 7013) and a measure exempting manufacturing equipment from the state sales tax (HB 7007) were presented to Scott on Thursday, giving him 15 days to decide whether to sign or veto the measures.

Both were supported by Scott and are expected to get his approval, but that might not be the end of the story for the manufacturing tax. Some Democrats believe that the manufacturing tax cut could be challenged in court because it didn’t get a two-thirds majority in the House; Republicans say that wasn’t needed.

Meanwhile, Rep. Katie Edwards, called Thursday for Scott to sign the elections bill. “While there’s still more work to be done to fix Florida’s elections system, I am confident that we have accomplished much during this session to help Floridians exercise their fundamental right to vote,” she said.

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