TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently vetoed a bill (HB 755) that would increase security requirements for convenience stores, according to NACS.
According to The Tampa Tribune, Scott stated that the bill, which would require increased security measures for c-stores that stay open all night, would have “resulted in increased costs [for] small businesses,” reported the release.
C-stores open from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. would be required to hire a security guard or install a window and drawer setup, install bulletproof cashier enclosures and add extra staff, reported The Tampa Tribune, and stores in which the owner or his/her family worked during the overnight shift would be exempt from the bill's regulations, stated the release.
“Mandating compliance with the security standards in the bill would place a significant new financial burden on these small businesses, which is unnecessary,” wrote Scott in the veto letter, added the release. “I believe family-owned small businesses, working with their landlords, can better decide the appropriate security infrastructure for their businesses.”
The release noted that Scott continued in his veto letter, “Convenience business owners and property owners may implement additional security measures based on their particular circumstances — they should not be required to do so.”
You can find the release here.