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March 23, 2018  RSS feed
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Scott signs pro-Israel bill; touts $2m in budget for Day School security


Students from the Orlando Torah Academy look on as Gov. Rick Scott signs a bill that prohibits public entities from dealing with companies that boycott Israel. Students from the Orlando Torah Academy look on as Gov. Rick Scott signs a bill that prohibits public entities from dealing with companies that boycott Israel. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill that prohibits state agencies and local governments from contracting with companies that are boycotting Israel.

Scott’s bill-signing ceremony Wednesday, March 21, at the Orlando Torah Academy, a Jewish day school, also allowed him to highlight the $2 million that was included in the state budget to allow such schools to harden security against terrorist and other potential attacks. Funding will be used to help provide upgrades such as video cameras, fences, bulletproof glass, alarm systems and other safety equipment.

Last year, the state legislature approved more than $650,000 for security at Jewish day schools.

The governor touted the state’s strong relationship with Israel in signing the anti-BDS legislation.

“The state of Florida stands firm with our ally Israel. In 2016, I was proud to sign legislation that prohibited the state, or administration, from investing in companies that boycott Israel. Today I’m proud to sign HB 545, an important piece of legislation that builds on our efforts by prohibiting any state agency and local governments from contracting with companies that boycott Israel,” said Scott.

In 2016, Gov. Scott signed legislation that prohibits the State Board of Administration from investing in companies that boycott Israel.

Gov. Scott also supported the U.S. Embassy moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In December, he led a delegation of Florida business and education leaders on a second trade mission to Israel.

During the 2011 mission, Scott signed the Florida-Israel Memorandum of Understanding Agreement between Space Florida and Israel, to support research, development and aerospace and technology projects.

Florida’s total economic development and trading partnership with Israel exceeds $283 million a year.


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