Florida Gov. vetoes insurance and store security bills

Author: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott is vetoing bills designed to beef up convenience store security and give additional protections to customers of Citizens Property Insurance.

Scott on Tuesday vetoed the two bills while also signing 17 other ones into law.

The store security bill (HB 755) would have required family-owned convenience stores to follow certain security measures that are already in place for stores owned by large vendors. Scott said he vetoed the bill because it would a place a “significant new financial burden” on small business owners.

Scott also vetoed a property insurance bill (HB 1087). South Florida Republicans sponsored the bill in order to help out current and former customers of Citizens. The state-created Citizens is the largest property insurer in the state.

The governor argued the legislation undermined ongoing efforts to shrink the size of Citizens.

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