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Rick Scott signs death penalty fix into law

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Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Monday requiring a unanimous jury recommendation before the death penalty can be imposed. Lawmakers passed the bill out of the House and Senate last week, rushing the measure through the process in hopes of fixing the state’s death penalty law. The House voted 112-3 to approve the measure Friday, one day after the Senate voted unanimously to approve it. The U.S. Supreme Court in January 2016 declared the state’s death penalty was unconstitutional because it…

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