Gov. Rick Scott signed 38 bills into law Thursday, including a provision that prohibits state electronic benefit transfer cards from being used in bars and gambling establishments and another that cracks down on cyberbullying.
Scott also approved measures (SB 1808, HB 999) that have drawn opposition from environmentalists and involve water nutrient standards and state-owned land in the Everglades leased to the powerful sugar industry. Another pair of bills (HB 1325 and HB 1327) creates a legal process for human-trafficking victims to get their criminal records expunged — typically for prostitution convictions.
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New law highlights
• Cyberbullying: This measure (HB 609) adds use of school computers to a list of illegal harassment methods.
• Everglades: SB 1808 gives the state more authority in battle with the EPA over setting allowable levels of pollutants. HB 999 blocks a lawsuit filed by the Florida Wildlife Federation over a state lease that lets sugar giant Florida Crystals farm another 30 years in the Everglades.
• Benefit cards: HB 701 bans use of electronic benefit transfer cards in bars, strip clubs and gambling establishments.