Published: Jun 21, 2011 10:02 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 21, 2011 10:02 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott, who campaigned on a job-creation platform, has signed a new law designed to help former felons get to work.

The 46 bills Scott signed into law on Tuesday also include a measure that reduces penalties for minors caught "sexting" explicit images. Some others will make fighting dogs more adoptable, crack down on credit and debit card theft and change the way funds from "Choose Life" auto tags are distributed.

The jobs bill will let ex-convicts get licenses and permits they need to hold down jobs without waiting to have their civil rights restored. Scott and the Florida Cabinet recently made that wait at least five years longer by halting the automatic restoration of voting and other civil rights for non-violent offenders.

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