Gov. Scott signs 4 new bills into law

By DARA KAM

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Posted: 7:47 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott signed into law four bills today, including a measure that would change who gets benefits after a divorced spouse dies.

Under that bill (HB 401), non-trust assets such as insurance policies or pension benefits, would no longer go to a former spouse, even if their divorcing partner left them as a beneficiary. After the new law goes into effect on July 1, the beneficiaries will be in line with current law dealing with wills.

Scott also signed a bill (HB 629) that expands public records exemption for certain public employees’ personal information. Information about former justices and judges and their spouses and children will be exempt from public records requirements. And home addresses and telephone numbers of certain public employees, including many law enforcement workers, and their spouses and children will be exempt as well as the names and locations of schools and day care facilities their children attend.

Another measure (HB 639) originally created a firestorm among environmentalists concerned that it would have allowed the privatization of “reclaimed” water, or water treated by sewage facilities. The final version of the bill will make it easier for counties and cities to use the treated water for irrigation without getting a permit.

The fourth bill (HB 1101) makes changes to a variety of types of insurance, including insurance agents, travel insurance, alien insurance and captive insurance.

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