TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed the first in a series of growth management bills designed to respond to a court ruling last year that threw out a 2009 bill. SB 7001 relaxes requirements for developers to pay for new roads and schools and exempts larger developments from state review. The 2009 bill was declared unconstitutional by Circuit Judge Charles Francis in August because it included more than one subject and it imposed unfunded obligations on local government without getting a two-thirds vote of the Legislature, as required by the state Constitution. Environmental groups did not oppose the bill this session, focusing their attention instead on a broader overhaul of the state’s growth management laws, which is expected to be passed by both the House and Senate.
-- Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau