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    Bush signs 9 bills into law

    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published April 12, 2002

    Gov. Jeb Bush signed nine bills into law Thursday, including measures that make changes to the state's Capitol Police force, drug-free workplace and vocational rehabilitation programs, and adds protections for older children in foster care.

    Companies that want to continue to qualify for breaks on workers' compensation insurance by declaring themselves a drug-free workplace must require employees and applicants to undergo drug testing under SB 264. That bill also requires certain contractors to have a drug-free workplace to qualify for state contracts.

    The state's Capitol Police force is transferred from the Department of Management Services to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement under HB 1407.

    The former Occupational Access and Opportunity Commission is abolished and its duties absorbed by the Department of Education under HB 1825, while HB 245 helps older foster children become independent.

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