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Gov. Rick Scott signs bill to expand Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

Gov. Rick Scott signs bill to expand Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program

On the same day that Scott enacted the new Florida law, the NRA initiated a suit claiming a violation of citizens rights under the US Constitution.

Rick Scott has signed legislation tightening gun restrictions in the state.

The voucher program is included in a sweeping education bill that also includes a requirement that all Florida schools must display the words "In God We Trust". Former Miami Beach Mayor and fellow Democratic contender Phil Levine calls the new law a good "first step", but adds more needs to be done when it comes to banning assault weapons; and Orlando businessman Chris King says the measure "incomplete".

The governor told the students: "You helped change our state".

The law took effect with Gov. Rick Scott's signature.

Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, who's running for Florida governor as a champion of gun rights, went on Fox News late Friday night to criticize the law, which raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21; extends a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns; and bans bump stocks, which allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire.

Seventeen people were killed and more than a dozen others were injured when 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire inside the Parkland high school on February 14.

Scott also plans to approve a bill that revamps Florida's universities and colleges and includes a significant boost in financial aid provided to the state's top performing high school graduates.

"I know the debate on all these issues will continue, and that's healthy in our democracy".

The Florida Legislature passed a similar bill past year, but it was vetoed last summer by Scott.

The law allows for some exceptions, including military members, law enforcement officers and correctional officers.

"This is a time for us to come together, roll up our sleeves and get it done", Scott said. "I want to create a safe learning environment but neither the waiting period nor the age limit expansion does that", Putnam said, but refused to answer whether he would have approved the new law.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office and the school board had opposed the video's release, saying it was exempt from disclosure in part because it was evidence in an active investigation. Nikolas Cruz faces 17 counts of murder and attempted murder. The motion notes that the 19-year-old Cruz was in an infirmary on suicide watch during the time span documented in the records. In a brief hearing Friday, he stood with his head bowed as he appeared via video conference.


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