What exactly did Rick Scott sign and veto on Friday

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Rick Scott chose late Friday of a holiday weekend to sign and veto a slew of legislative bills.  Here is a round-up of what the Governor signed into law and what he vetoed.

Signed into law:

Four years after it was signed into law as part of a national push to reduce emissions and combat global warming,  Scott signed into law a measure repealing the 2008 Cap and Trade initiative that never got off the ground. The law (HB 4001), pushed by former Gov. Charlie Crist, has never been used to pursue cap and trade — an approach that would provide incentives for businesses, such as electric utilities, to reduce emissions.

A measure to bolster penalties for lying to police when a child goes missing, known as “Caylee’s Law.”

A measure that will once again allow the dyeing of animals and the selling of baby bunnies, ducks and chickens for pets

A measure removing the regular assessment on personal lines accounts and commercial lines accounts and reduces the assessment on coastal accounts from 6 percent to 2 percent.

Measures that will give more vaccination powers to pharmacists and increase oversight of the sales or leases of public hospitals.

A bill allowing the initial application fee and unlicensed activity fee to be waived for veterans returning for service for the first two years after they’re out of the military. It would save them a few hundreds dollars, to more than a thousand, depending on the type of license, and applies more than 20 professional licenses, from those in real estate to hairdressers.


A bill that would have let nonviolent felons get sentence reductions by completing rehabilitation programs. Scott said the bill would have been an injustice to victims. Scott’s veto letter is here.

A bull that would have required the Pinellas County Suncoast Transit Authority to stop collecting property tax if voters approve a sales surtax. Scott said the mandatory property tax cut would help pass the sales tax that he opposes. Scott’s veto letter is here.

A bill that would allow zoos and aquaria to lease state land to create breeding and research facilities for exoctic birds or hooved animals. Scott’s veto letter is here.

Here is the full list of bills that Scott signed into law:

CS/HB 37 Knowingly and Willfully Giving False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer
CS/HB 95 Homestead Property Tax Exemptions
HB 103 Transfer of Tax Liability
CS/HB 173 Department of Juvenile Justice
CS/HB 357 Homestead Exemptions for Seniors
CS/HB 387 Electronic Filing of Construction Plans
CS/HB 435 Gilchrist County
CS/HB 465 District School Board Bonds
CS/HB 483 Uniform Commercial Code

CS/CS/HB 509 Pharmacy
CS/HB 517 Reducing and Streamlining Regulations
CS/CS/HB 521 State Preemption of the Regulation of Hoisting Equipment
HB 541 Administrative Procedures
HB 605 Hillsborough County
CS/CS/HB 653 Health Care Fraud
CS/HB 691 Beach Management
CS/CS/CS/HB 711 Sale or Lease of a County, District, or Municipal Hospital
CS/CS/HB 749 Consumer Services
HB 777 Criminal Penalties for Violations of Securities Laws
CS/CS/CS HB 799 Physical Therapy
CS/HB 809 Communications Services Taxes
CS/HB 827 Limited Agriculture Associations
CS/HB 867 City of Clearwater, Pinellas County
CS/CS/HB 887 Business and Professional Regulation
CS/CS/CS/HB 943 Background Screening
CS/CS/HB 947 Possession of a Firearm or Destructive Device During the Commission of an Offense
CS/CS/HB 979 Developments of Regional Impact
CS/CS/CS/HB 1001 Timeshares
CS/CS/HB 1011 Warranty Associations
CS/HB 1037 Eminent Domain
CS/CS/HB 1097 Sexually Violent Predators
HB 1127 Citizens Property Insurance Corporation
HB 1153 Broward County
CS/CS/CS/HB 1163 Adoption
CS/HB 1165 Identification Cards and Driver Licenses
HB 1183 East County Water Control District, Lee and Hendry Counties
CS/HB 1197 Agriculture
CS/CS/HB 1229 Reorganization of the Department of Children and Family Services
CS/HB 1255 Acme Improvement District and Lake Worth Drainage District, Palm Beach County
CS/HB 1277 Money Services Businesses
CS/HB 1287 Voluntary Contributions on Registration, Driver License, and Identification Card Forms
HB 1297 City of Dania Beach, Broward County
CS/HB 1357 District School Boards
HB 1381 West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, Palm Beach County
CS/CS/HB 1383 Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
CS/HB 1481 Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District, Palm Beach County
CS/HB 1495 Spring Lake Improvement District, Highlands County
HB 4001 Florida Climate Protection Act
HB 4003 Growth Policy
HB 4027 Community-Based Development Organizations
HB 4061 Uniform Home Grading Scale
HB 4139 Repeal of Health Insurance Provisions
CS/HB 7003 Environmental Resource Permitting
CS/HB 7025 Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
CS/HB 7039 Transportation Facility Designations
CS/HB 7041 Governmental Reorganization
HB 7049 Human Trafficking
HB 7075 Military Installations
CS/HB 7081 Growth Management
CS/HB 7095 Clerks of Court
HB 7121 Ratification of Rules
HB 7125 Exemptions from Local Business Taxes
SB 140 Repeal of a Workers’ Compensation Reporting Requirement
CS/SB 186 Misdemeanor Pretrial Substance Abuse Programs
SB 278 Preventing Deaths from Drug-related Overdoses
CS/SB 364 Blood Establishments
SB 368 Financial Emergencies
SB 436 Video Voyeurism
SB 520 Veteran’s Guardianship
SB 524 Restraint of Incarcerated Pregnant Women
SB 608 Florida Healthy Kids Corporation
CS/CS/CS/SB 694 Adult Day Care Centers
CS/SB 730 Medicaid Managed Care
CS/SB 800 County Boundary Lines
SB 878 Florida College System Personnel Records
CS/SB 924 Special Observances
SB 990 Natural Guardians
CS/SB 1050 Fiduciaries
SB 1724 Mosquito Control Districts
SB 2058 Office of Legislative Services

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