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After urgently calling for immigration bill, Gov. Scott now in wait-and-see mode

110504_rick_scott.jpgGov. Rick Scott takes media questions today after a two-hour tour of the Florida Department of Revenue. The tour, which comes on the third-to-last day of the annual session, was a break from Scott's normal routine for agency visits. Instead of gathering state workers in one place and answering questions, Scott walked the halls of the building shaking hands. Reporters were not invited on the tour.

Back in July, when Rick Scott was just another Republican running in the gubernatorial primary, state lawmakers were headed to Tallahassee to (not) vote on a proposed constitutional amendment from then-Gov. Charlie Crist that would have asked voters to ban oil and gas drilling in state waters.

Scott released a radio ad at that time calling on lawmakers to instead pass an Arizona-style immigration bill while they were in Tallahassee. "Here's something useful our legislators could do," Scott said in the spot. "Bring the Arizona immigration law here to Florida. Now. Pass it in the special session."

"My suggestion to Tallahassee: Let's get to work and bring the Arizona law to Florida now."

Scott has been nowhere near as aggressive on the immigration issues since taking office. He doesn't mention it unless he's asked and there is no sign his staff pushed either chamber to approve the bill.

Today, with GOP leaders saying the immigration bill is in doubt, Scott was asked whether he would call lawmakers into a special session for the issue as he suggested from the campaign trail. "I'm hopeful that between now and Friday night we'll do the right things with regards to immigration," he said.

"The business tax was doubtful to so I'm optimistic."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 3:21pm]


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