Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill late Wednesday that would have ended permanent  alimony in Florida.
Scott vetoed the measure (SB 718) just four hours before the midnight  deadline to approve or veto it. The bill automatically would have become law if  Scott had done nothing by then.
If it had become law, Florida would have become the fifth state to abolish  permanent alimony.
In a letter to Senate President Don Gaetz, Scott commended bill sponsors  Ritch Workman in the House and Kelli Stargel in the Senate — both Republicans  — and said there are “several forward looking elements of this bill.”
But alimony “represents an important remedy for our judiciary to use in  providing support to families as they adjust to changes in life circumstances,”  Scott wrote. “As a husband, father and grandfather, I understand the vital  importance of family.”
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