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TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – There may be some changes to school nutrition after Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill giving the state’s agriculture commissioner authority over school food programs. Scott also signed a bill limiting lawsuits against automakers.

Scott signed the new laws Thursday.

The lawsuit measure (SB 142) will make it more difficult for injured people to win product liability damages from automakers and other manufacturers.

It will allow juries to hear evidence of other factors that may have contributed to those injuries besides alleged product defects.

The school nutrition law (SB 1312) was a top priority for Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

It shifts oversight of lunch and other food programs to Putnam’s department from the Department of Education.

The State Board of Education had discussed the idea of limiting sugary drinks in schools, but it no longer will have the authority to do that.

 

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