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Florida fast tracking bill to eliminate international driving permits

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Tallahassee, Florida -- Gov. Rick Scott is promising to act quickly to fix a law that has created a lot of frustration among Canadian and other foreign tourists.

State lawmakers passed a law last year that required foreign travelers to get an international driving permit before they drive in Florida.

Lawmakers thought they were helping police, who sometimes have trouble sorting out foreign language driver's licenses. But the law sparked protests, especially from Canadian visitors vacationing at Florida beaches.

Florida police have decided not to enforce the law, but the Legislature is still moving ahead with a bill that repeals the requirement for that permit.

More than three million Canadians travel to Florida a year and Gov. Rick Scott does not want to make them angry.

Scott says he will sign the bill quickly once it comes to his desk.

"We had 89.3 million tourists last year so hopefully we'll have another record year. In my budget, because of the success of Visit Florida, I recommended that we increase the funding for Visit Florida because I believe we're getting a good return for taxpayers so hopefully more Canadians will come here."

The proposed legislation to eliminate the international driving permit has already passed committees in both the House and Senate and is moving toward votes in each chamber.

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