FLORIDA’S NEW LAW MAY BE UNHAPPENING FOR THE MEDIA: WENN
(AP) The Latest on Florida’s new bill banning paid political ads in Florida (all times local):6:45 p.m.
Florida’s Legislature has passed legislation banning paid media ads in the Sunshine State.
Rick Scott says he’s expected to sign it into law by Wednesday.
Scott signed the bill Wednesday evening, and it will go into effect on July 1.
The bill requires any company that wants to advertise in Florida to pay for the ad space in advance and to have the ads approved by the state board of commissioners.
The Florida Supreme Court upheld the state’s measure on Monday, but a panel of justices could rule on the legality of the measure in the future.
The Republican governor says he plans to veto the measure.
It was passed by the Republican-controlled legislature last year after voters approved a constitutional amendment banning paid ads in 2016.
The amendment also required political parties to register with the state before they can use money from those ads to pay their own candidates.
Scott says he wants to protect the public from the negative effects of the ads, including from negative publicity about his administration.
The state has seen several lawsuits filed against companies that have advertised in Florida in recent years.