Fla. Gov. Scott signs 19 bills into law

gambling Granny at internet cafeThe Florida legislative session has passed the halfway mark, presenting 19 bills for Gov. Rick Scott sign into law on Wednesday.  The Internet Café Ban Bill, HB155, garnered the most attention and takes effect immediately.

“The Legislature did the right thing to crack down on illegal gaming operators. We look forward to turning our focus back on jobs and education in this session,” Scott said in a statement. “We have two key priorities – a $2,500 teacher pay raise and the elimination of the sales tax on manufacturing equipment. These two priorities are a part of our agenda to keep our economy growing and creating jobs and a highly trained workforce. We have heard lots of talk in support of these priorities. Now is the time for action.”

Scott’s office released the following list of bills signed:

HB 15 – Prohibits engaging in protest activities within specified distance of property line of location of funeral or burial.

CS/HB 7003 – Relates to the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

HB 155 – Relates to the Prohibition of Electronic Gaming Devices.

SB 200 – Relates to Transportation Revenue Bond Trust Fund/ Department of Transportation. 

SB 202 – Relates to the Transportation Governmental Bond Trust Fund/ Department of Transportation.

SB 204 – Relates to the Termination of Trust Funds within the Department of Transportation.

SB 206 – Recreates the Federal Grants Trust Fund within the Department of State.

SB 208 – Recreates the Federal Grants Trust Fund within the Department of Economic Opportunity.

SB 210 – Recreates the Clearing Funds Trust Fund within the Department of State.

CS/SB 214 – Relates to the Florida Forever Program Trust Fund/Department of Environmental Protection

SB 216 – Relates to Federal Grants Trust Fund/Department of Management Services.

SB 218 – Recreates the Mortgage Guaranty Trust Fund within the Office of Financial Regulation.

SB 220 – Recreates the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel Trust Fund within the Justice Administrative Commission.

SB 686 – Adopts the 2013 Florida Statutes as the official law of the state.

SB 688 – Substitutes the term “Florida Administrative Register” for the term “Florida Administrative Weekly” throughout the Florida Statutes, etc. to conform to the directive in ch 2012-63, Laws of Florida.

CS/SB 690 – Deletes provisions in the Florida Statutes that have expired, have become obsolete, are redundant, repetitive incorrect or are otherwise unnecessary.

SB 692 – Deletes provisions in the Florida Statutes that have become inoperative by non-current repeal or expiration.

SB 694 – Deletes provisions in the Florida Statutes that provide for apportionment of the districts for the State Senate and House of Representatives that have been superseded, etc.

SB 994 – Amends and repeals provisions to prepare a reviser’s bill to omit all statutes and laws, or parts thereof, which grant duplicative, redundant, or unused rulemaking authority.

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