Fla. Gov. must act on alimony and 2 other bills

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:47 a.m.

TALLAHASSSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott must decide whether to sign or veto three high-profile bills including a controversial measure that changes the state's alimony laws.

Scott has until midnight Wednesday to act on the alimony bill (SB 718), as well as an overhaul of the state's ethics laws and a measure that increases campaign contribution limits.

The Republican governor has received thousands of emails about the bill that ends permanent alimony. The legislation also would make it harder to get alimony in short-term marriages.

The ethics bill (SB 2) and the campaign finance bill (HB 569) are top priorities for House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz.

Scott has questioned raising contribution limits. The bills could still become law if Scott does not sign or veto them.

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