Jim Kallinger, President of the Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition, made the following statement regarding Governor Scott’s decision to veto Senate Bill 106:
“Governor Scott’s decision to veto SB 106 was the right one for Florida’s economy and Florida’s families. As the Governor said in his statement, removing the wall of separation between hard liquor and other items for sale would be bad for small businesses and job creation. But beyond that, it would have sent the wrong message to young people and opened the door a little wider to the tragic impact of alcohol abuse on families and public safety in Florida. We thank Governor Scott for his careful consideration and wise leadership on this important issue.”
John Giotis, Chairman of the Florida Council for Safe Communities, today released the following statement following Governor Scott’s veto of SB 106 yesterday:
“We thank Governor Rick Scott for his veto of SB 106, the so-called “Whiskey and Wheaties” bill. This decision will not only preserve jobs and small businesses, but will also keep our state a safer place for everyone, including young people and tourists. Since the Legislature passed this contentious bill with only the slimmest of margins, Governor Scott’s veto not only reflects his commitment to good policy, but also sound process, and we applaud his leadership.”
Statement on Gov. Scott’s veto of SB106 by Tim Nungesser, National Federation of Independent Business/Florida’s Legislative Director:
“This bill would have decimated small locally owned liquor stores. Though proponents claimed this was a free market bill, it was nothing more than an attempt to use the statute to corner the market on liquor.
“Governor Scott stood up for small business tonight by vetoing the Whiskey and Wheaties bill.”
“Floridians for Fair Business Practices would like to thank our coalition members and supporters, sponsors Senate President Pro Tempore Anitere Flores and Representative Bryan Avila, as well as lawmakers in the House and Senate who have advocated for a repeal of Florida’s outdated alcohol separation law.
We have made tremendous progress in the last four years and there is a clear momentum in Florida for this common-sense approach to liquor sales. While Governor Scott ultimately chose to veto Senate Bill 106, we look forward to working with state leaders in the future to finally put an end to this outdated, Prohibition-era law.”
Floridians for Fair Business Practices is a coalition of retailers and business groups whose purpose is to identify rules and regulations which prohibit the growth and expansion of Florida businesses. For additional information, please visit www.FairBizinFlorida.com.