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Scott signs election and ethics laws, vetoes alimony plan

Dan Krassner, executive director of Integrity Florida, had high praise for the Legislature passing ethics reforms and Gov. Rick Scott signing the bills into law. File photo by Bill Cotterell

Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill on Wednesday that would have ended permanent alimony in Florida and signed two new laws on campaign finance and ethics reforms that were top priorities of the legislative leadership.

House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said there was no "quid pro quo" in Scott's approval of the ethics and campaign bills, which was announced immediately after the House voted on one of the governor's main goals of the 2013 legislative session -- a manufacturing sales-tax repeal that Republican lawmakers had been holding captive during the past week. Wednesday at midnight was the deadline for Scott to sign the ethics and campaign bills, as well as the alimony measure he vetoed.

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