Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Tuesday legalizing electric scooters in Florida.

House Bill 453 takes effect immediately. It allows e-scooter companies to operate anywhere under the regulation of Florida counties, cities and towns.

HB 453 sponsors are from the Tampa Bay area. State Rep. Jackie Toledo, D-Tampa, sponsored the House version. State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, sponsored the Senate version.

In May, the city of Tampa launched its e-scooter pilot program. Four vendors – Spin, JUMP, Bird and Lime – operate in Tampa.

Two cities in Pinellas County, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, are still considering having their own e-scooter program.

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