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Port security bill headed to the Governor

A unanimous vote in the House on Wednesday means a bill sponsored by freshman Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, to repeal duplicative regulations at Florida's ports is headed to Gov. Rick Scott for him to sign into law.

HB 283 streamlines security regulations at Florida’s ports by eliminating state duplication with federal security laws. The bill also gives Citrus County until July 2014 to apply for a grant to do a feasibility study on the establishment of a port in Citrus County.

"This legislation is a positive step toward harnessing the full economic potential of our ports. By eliminating unnecessary and duplicative regulations, our ports and port tenants can focus their resources on expansion of commerce and job creation," Young said in a prepared statement.

The bill had to have won her some points with Gov. Scott, who has made ending "job-killing regulations" and boosting activity in Florida's ports top priorities.