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Septic Tank Delay Bill Goes to Gov. Rick Scott

A bill that would delay implementation of a statewide septic tank inspection requirement was presented Tuesday to Gov. Rick Scott -- after agency rule-making already had been halted.

A Senate spokesman declined to say whether the Legislature had delayed sending the bill to avoid a veto by then-Gov. Charlie Crist. He signed SB 550 in June, which contained the inspection requirement. Supporters, including Sierra Club Florida and the Florida Home Builders Association, said the requirement would protect public health and water quality.

SB 2A was adopted on Nov. 16 by the Legislature during its special session after an outcry from some Panhandle residents and legislators over concerns about the cost of inspections.

The bill "was given to the governor in a timely manner," David Bishop, the Senate's director of communications and information technology, said Tuesday. Scott has 15 days to sign or veto the bill or allow it to become law without his signature....