Several tax, education bills on their way to Gov. Scott

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Among the bills heading to Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday include measures cutting taxes on a variety of items and an overhaul of the state’s school-grading system.

Three sales-tax holidays are part of HB 5601, the tax cut bill such as one on hurricane-preparedness supplies purchased between May 31 and June 8, as well as a list of credits and permanent sales-tax exemptions.

The bill is part of a $105 million package that makes up the remainder of Scott’s planned $500 million in tax and fee cuts, which began with a rollback of vehicle registration fees signed into law earlier by the governor.

SB 1642 is an education bill patterned after a proposal by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart, simplifying the school grading formula. It also eliminates penalties schools could receive for grades given in the 2014-15 school year.

The bill is part of an overall strategy to make up for the switch from the current FCAT standardized testing to an exam designed by the American Institute for Research. Scott expects to sign both bills.

Also on Scott’s desk is HB 755 allowing an undocumented immigrant admission to The Florida Bar, based on the case of Jose Godinez-Samperio, who came to America with his parents at age 9, and remained with them after their visas expired, making the family in the country illegally.

After becoming an Eagle Scout, Godinez-Samperio graduated high school as valedictorian, then went to New College before attending Florida State University law school and passing the Bar exam.

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