Scott to take action on local bills


Gov. Rick Scott faces a Tuesday deadline to act on 31 local bills that lawmakers filed to deal with issues in their communities.

As an example, Scott will act on a bill (HB 259), filed by Rep. MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta, that could help lead to the creation of the Village of Indiantown in western Martin County --- potentially the 411th municipality in the state.

If the measure is signed by Scott, the proposal would still need approval from voters in Indiantown.

Another example of the bills is a proposal (HB 759), sponsored by Rep. Chuck Clemons, R-Newberry, that would create the Gainesville Regional Utilities Authority.

The agency would be part of city government but would be “free from direction and control” of the Gainesville City Commission, according to the bill.

Scott can sign, veto or let bills become law without his signature.