TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott signed more than 40 bills into law Friday, including a pair of wide-ranging education measures that establish a gift ban on school board members and require school districts to put budget information on their websites.
The education bills, HB 1255 and HB 7151, also eliminate an exemption for some university students who can now opt out of summer classes and require a study on the appropriate scores for Advanced Placement credits.
Among the other bills signed into law Friday:
• HB 330 makes it a criminal offense to for someone running for office to lie about military experience.
• HB 421 exempts farm lands from water management district control over decisions to divert surface water. The law will allow agricultural property owners to divert surface water and make other diversion changes without having to get a water management district permit. Environmentalists opposed the bill, citing concerns it would adversely affect wetlands.
• SB 88 and SB 224 cap severance and bonus payments for local government officials and require that local governments post proposed budgets and budget amendments on a website two days before a public hearing.
• SB 234 clarifies laws related to concealed weapons permit holders. The new law says it is not a violation if a concealed gun permit holder's weapon accidentally becomes visible.