Alimony Veto May Not be Final Word

Governor Rick Scott has been married 41 years. He even tweeted the message on April 19th. Hours after vetoing an alimony reform bill, the Governor told us he was unhappy with the retro-activity clause in the bill.

The Senate sponsor says she will not try to override the veto, even though more than two thirds of the Senate voted yes.

"The winners in this issues, basically the ones who won were the attorneys," said Sen. Kelli Stargel.

Women’s advocates are ecstatic.

"It's hard to organize the women who were scared to death if this bill passes, because they're scared to speak out. So, I'm elated that the Governor saw, as we do, this is a very radical bill," said Barbara Devane with the National Organization for Women.

But the fight may not be over

Now, efforts are under way to take the language that the Governor did not object to, amend it to another bill, and try to get it back through the process before the end of Friday.

Representative Rich Workman is making a last minute attempt to save everything but the retro-activity in the bill.

"I'm giving the opportunity to perhaps have another crack at the apple this year where we give the Governor the part of the bill he liked," said Workman.

But with an election on his mind, even a pared down alimony bill is not likely to sit well with Scott.

Florida lawmakers are in session through Friday, so the clock is ticking on any chance of an alimony reform resurrection.


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