Florida Gov. Rick Scott finished off his duties from the 2016 legislative session on Friday by vetoing perhaps the most controversial bill of the year — the proposed overhaul of the state’s alimony and child-custody laws — and signing two others bills. With those moves, the Republican governor finished acting on all 272 bills — including the state budget — approved by the Legislature this year. He signed all but three. One of the last two signed by Scott could lead to an online voting system for overseas military personnel from Florida, and the other is expected to help people get mental-health or substance-abuse treatment.
The military and veteran affairs measure (SB 184) provides several policy changes supporting military personnel and veterans, including streamlining the process for veterans to receive information on available benefits and creating a task force to review the development of an online voting system for overseas military voters as a way to return completed absentee ballots.