Scott to sign Everglades, ‘texting while driving’ bills into law

Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to conduct two bill-signing ceremonies Tuesday in South Florida.

Scott plans to sign an Everglades restoration bill at 9:30 a.m. at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center in West Palm Beach.

The bill is supported by environmentalist groups and the sugar industry. It and includes a combination of money for Everglades research
and protection efforts and a commitment to best-management practices for sugar farmers aimed at reducing pollution from agriculture.

The bill extends the current “Everglades agricultural privilege tax” of $25 per acre through 2026. Environmental groups had sought an increase in that tax.

Scott is expected to sign the state’s first ban on texting while driving at a ceremony at 1 p.m. at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School in Miami.

The bill makes texting while driving a secondary offense. That means a police officer can ticket a driver for texting while driving if he is
already ticketing the driver for another offense.


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