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Weapons License, Vet ID Valid At Voting Booth

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Concealed weapons licenses and veteran ID cards will become valid forms of identification for Floridians registering to vote or when voting at polling places, according to a bill signed into law by Gov Rick Scott.

The measure (SB 666), sponsored by Sen. John Legg, R-Trinity, will allow people to use Florida concealed-weapon licenses or Veteran Health Identification Cards issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

This bill was among 14 signed by Scott late last week. Another measure signed by Scott (SB 1044) will place additional restrictions on the seizure of property in criminal cases. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg.

"The notion that police officers can take cash or other property from people never charged with any criminal wrongdoing and keeping any profits from the sale of seized property doesn't sit well with the public,” said Bill Piper, senior director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, which backed the bill. "Voters want action on civil asset forfeiture, and it was smart politics for Gov. Scott to sign off on this.”

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