- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on Florida’s decision to overhaul its death penalty law (all times local):

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3:30 p.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is going to sign into law a measure that will overhaul the state’s death penalty law.

The Florida Legislature on Thursday sent to the governor a bill requiring that at least 10 out of 12 jurors recommend an execution in order for it to be carried out. A spokeswoman said he will sign the bill into law.

The Legislature rewrote the law because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in January that the current method is unconstitutional. The court noted the current law allows judges to reach a different decision than juries, which has only an advisory role in recommending death.

Scott has been a strong proponent of the death penalty. He has overseen more executions than any other governor since the death penalty was reinstated in Florida in the ‘70s.

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1:45 p.m.

Florida is overhauling the death penalty in a bid to resume executions after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the state’s current sentencing law was unconstitutional.

The Florida Legislature on Thursday sent to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would require that at least 10 out of 12 jurors recommend execution in order for it be carried out. Florida previously only required that a majority of jurors recommend a death sentence.

The Legislature rewrote the law because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in January that the current method is unconstitutional. The court noted the current law allows judges to reach a different decision than juries, which has only an advisory role in recommending death.

In the aftermath of the ruling the state Supreme Court has halted two pending executions. Courts cases across the state have been halted until the Legislature acted.

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