Florida Gov. Crist Signs 4 Bills to Help Military and Veterans

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) - Businesses owned or run by disabled veterans will get preference when trying to get a state contract under a bill signed by Gov. Charlie Crist.

Florida gives preferences in contracting to minority and women-owned businesses. The bill (HB 687) would also give preferences to disabled vet-owned companies when their bids are essentially equal to other companies.

During a ceremony Thursday at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, Crist signed bills to make grant money available for services to residents of veterans homes and to increase availability of financial help for some military families.

Another bill bars school districts, colleges and universities from banning ROTC programs.

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