Florida port workers likely to need just one background check soon

Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign legislation that will eliminate multiple criminal background checks for truck drivers and other workers at Florida seaports. For years, ports and maritime business griped over the added hassle and expense of requiring separate checks for workers to obtain port and federal IDs to enter Florida seaports. Florida is the only state that requires workers to have both badges. Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, and Sen. Jack Latvala, R- St. Petersburg, sponsored the legislation. She said Tuesday that Scott's office texted her Tuesday that he will sign the bill into law next week.

Florida port workers likely to need just one background check soon 05/17/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 7:40pm]

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