On Tuesday, legislators sent four bills to Gov. Rick Scott, including SB 102, a measure that would beef up penalties for drivers leaving the scene of serious traffic accidents. The bill is named after Aaron Cohen, a 36-year-old bicyclist killed in 2012 after a hit-and-run accident on Miami-Dade County’s Rickenbacker Causeway Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla sponsored the measure, which creates a minimum four-year mandatory sentence for drivers leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
Waiting for Scott’s signature are also measures that would create a Central Florida Expressway Authority (SB 230), another to establish the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame (HB 41) and one for new specialty license plates (SB 132). Scott has before July 2 to either sign, veto or allow the bills to become law without a signature.