Legislation

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed 13 relief bills into law yesterday. The bills allows governments to pay victims above a $200,000 cap.

In total, the 13 bills allow local governments to pay settlements totaling more than $12.5 million to families who have suffered losses from the government. In most cases, juries have already awarded settlements, but governments must have the permission of the Legislature to make the payments.

The second week of June marked the end of the road for more than a hundred bills passed by state lawmakers.  Nearly all of them became law, but two were struck down.

U.S. Representative Dennis Ross and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd have introduced a bill that would allow businesses whose workers interact with children to screen potential employers with polygraph testing.

Last week, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill protecting tenants living in foreclosed homes. The law was passed unanimously by both houses and takes effect immediately.

Renters living in foreclosed homes had previously been protected by a federal law that gave them 90 days or until the end of their lease to move out. But that law expired December 31. Without any comparable state law in place, Florida’s tenants were left with few legal remedies.

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Governor Rick Scott recently signed into law a bill protecting tenants living in foreclosed homes. The bill passed easily in both houses and takes effect immediately. 

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