What exactly did Rick Scott sign and veto on Friday

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Gov. Rick Scott seems to prefer late Friday evening for when his office announces what legislation he has signed or vetoed. Here is a round-up of what the Governor signed into law and what he vetoed. In all, Scott signed 17 bills into law.

Signed into law:

A measure (HB 7055) to give Scott the legal authority to review agency rules and budget requests.

A measure (HB 463) allowing young military veterans and law enforcement officers to obtain concealed weapons permits.

A measure paving the way for the use of autonomous vehicles, signing into law a proposal (HB 1207) that will make Florida more attractive to develop the self-driving car technology backed by Google.

Becomes law without gubernatorial signature:

A measure dealing with alternative energy (HB 7117), which was opposed by Tea Party groups that said it would improperly insert government into the free market. Scott said he had concerns over aspects of the bill, but said it could provide an economic incentive to benefit the state. Here is the Governor’s explanation.

A local bill for Hillsborough County that deals with taxi drivers.


Scott vetoed a bill (HB 917) that would have made it easier for out-of-state litigants to settle their civil lawsuits in Florida. Scott said the measure could create a backlog in the judicial system. Here is the Governor’s veto letter.

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