DeSantis is ready to act on the final package of accounts

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that he expects to act quickly on the remaining bills from the 2022 regular legislative session.

With the state’s new fiscal year ready to begin on July 1, DeSantis had 52 bills left on his desk out of 280 that were approved by lawmakers during the regular session and two subsequent special sessions.

The legislature sent the latest batch of bills to DeSantis on Friday. DeSantis can sign, veto or allow bills to become law without his signature.

Asked Monday about one of the remaining bills, a controversial measure that would change the maintenance laws (SB 1796), DeSantis did not say he would approve the proposal. He only said he expects to sign or veto all other measures, probably this week.

“We are going through our process. A lot of bills that turn out to be, you know, they pour on my desk and I have to look to see them all, we do our due diligence, ‚ÄĚDeSantis said while at Pig Bar-BQ in Callahan. “We are investigating them. We’re trying to make the best decisions we can, you know, for the people of Florida. So this process continues. I think we’ve already gone through probably 80 (percent) to 90 percent of the bills. “

Former Gov. Rick Scott has twice vetoed proposed changes to the bill.

This year’s bill will make a series of changes, including a revision of the alimony change process when people who have paid want to retire. Ex-spouses who pay will have to give one year ‘s notice stating that they intend to retire and may suspend retirement payments, except in certain circumstances.

The bill will also eliminate permanent maintenance and set maximum payment deadlines. Spouses who have been married for less than three years will not be entitled to maintenance, and those who have been married for 20 years or more will be entitled to receive payments of up to 75 percent of the duration of the marriage.

Another part of the bill will require judges to start with the “presumption” that children should divide their time equally between parents.

Critics say parts of the proposal, such as changes to retirements, could impoverish ex-spouses who have hosted and are dependent on maintenance payments.

But Mark Johnson, chairman of the Florida Family Fairness group, which supports the bill, issued a statement Friday saying it was “time to modernize Florida’s family court laws, making the process fairer and more predictable for all.” parties, while reducing litigation costs. “

Agriculture Commissioner Nicki Fried, the Democratic nominee for governor, declined to consider the maintenance bill on Monday. But she said DeSantis should veto a separate pending measure that could open the door for businesses suing cities and counties.

“It is important that local authorities have the ability to do what is right for their communities. This is what Fried told reporters at the Capitol. “If people don’t like the legislation, the ordinances they pass, they remove them from office. But for the state government to come in and overturn these decisions and create this opportunity for business to sue is the most unpleasant violation of internal rules I have seen.

Before the bill was passed in March, House Lawrence Sponsor R-Dover said it would force local authorities to “pause” before passing ordinances that could harm businesses.

The bill (SB 620) will allow companies to sue cities and counties if regulations cause at least 15 percent loss of profits. It will apply to companies that have been operating for at least three years and will allow them to file lawsuits for lost profits for seven years or the number of years the business has been in operation, whichever is more. -a little.

The regular legislative session ended in March, although lawmakers are gradually sending bills to DeSantis each year.

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