Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed an elections bill that reverses some of the voting changes he and the GOP-controlled legislature imposed two years ago, including allowing more early voting days and hours.
This year’s changes came in response to another Florida election-related black eye highlighted by long lines at the polls. Some voters, including those in Palm Beach County, were still standing in line after President Obama had been declared the victor.
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Also signed in to law Monday
Spring training incentives: SB 406 is an economic development measure that includes Major League Baseball spring training incentives that could make $50 million available for luring the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays to a proposed new stadium in Palm Beach Gardens. The same amount could go to improvements at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, the spring home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.
Clerk of courts funding: SB 1522 takes county clerks of the courts out of the general revenue fund, giving them a portion of civil filing fees and eliminating a costly state service fee. The move largely revives a system in place for much of Florida’s history until lawmakers changed it in 2009 to draw a surplus of fee dollars from foreclosure filings in court.