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Romney signs teen driving, track simulcasting, and a flurry of other last minute laws
By Globe Staff
Governor Mitt Romney signed a flurry of bills in his last hours in office today, including one measure that will tighten restrictions for teen drivers and another that will extend the simulcasting rights of the state's four racetracks for another two years.
The teen driving legislation adds additional training for young drivers, requiring teens to spend more time behind the wheel with their parents. They will also face stiffer penalties for speeding and drag racing.
The simulcasting law will allow the state's four racetracks to collect wagers on races broadcast from out-of-state tracks through 2008.
Lawmakers pushed through compromise legislation on the last day of their session after an attempt to reach an agreement last week collapsed.