GOVERNOR SCOTT SIGNS LEGISLATION TO BENEFIT VETERANS
Last weekend, I was saddened to learn of the death of Hernando County Deputy Sheriff John Mecklenburg. Deputy Mecklenburg lost his life while protecting the citizens of Florida. Today, we stand with his family and his brothers and sisters in uniform in mourning their loss.
This week I signed legislation that benefits Florida’s 1.6 million veterans. This legislation helps Florida remain one of the country’s most military-friendly states. As a veteran myself, I understand how important it is to support our military and their families. Servicemen and women deserve our respect and gratitude for protecting our freedoms.
The legislation that I signed into law Tuesday lowers property taxes for deployed services members and creates a Veterans Hall of Fame to be located in the State Capitol Building. Also, this legislation allows military spouses who work in the healthcare industry to get to work sooner when they move to Florida.
Also, today, the world witnessed the final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis from Kennedy Space Center. This is a historic time, and it’s sad to see the shuttle program end. I am confident that we can attract businesses to the Space Coast because of the area’s highly skilled labor force. As Governor, I am working every day to ensure that Florida is the number one state to do business.