Gov. Rick Scott signs nearly 100 bills into law

Bills range from late-term abortion to electronic cigarettes

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is giving his approval to dozens of bills dealing with everything from flood insurance to electronic cigarettes.

Scott on Friday signed nearly 100 bills into law.

One of the bills is designed to make it easier for private companies to sell flood insurance in the state.

The governor also signed a measure that prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

Charities in the state would be subject to stricter regulations under another bill approved by Scott. The legislation was a top priority of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and came in the wake of articles by the Tampa Bay Times examining fraudulent charities.

Abortions will also be illegal in Florida at any point in a woman's pregnancy if her doctor determines that the fetus could survive outside the womb.

The bill signed Friday redefines the state's current third trimester abortion ban.

Current law prohibits abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is at risk. The new law will require women to have a doctor determine whether a fetus is viable before having an abortion.

The law takes effect July 1. It keeps an exception if a mother's life is at risk or to prevent irreversible physical impairment of a mother's major bodily function.

Scott also signed a bill that moves the starting date of the 2016 session to January.

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