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Republicans calling again for Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott has recorded another phone call that the Republican Party of Florida is blasting out today.

The call features Scott talking about a pair of new laws in Florida: One requiring drug testing for welfare recipients and another aimed at cracking down on the state's prescription drug epidemic. Hear the phone call here.

The drug testing law is one of the few things for which the unpopular Scott has received high marks from the public. He initially opposed the prescription drug changes, but came around and back the bill, which is largely an initiative from Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Republicans also paid for another phone call last month that let Scott tell Floridians about his vetoes of the "special interest waste" that his fellow Republicans put in the state budget. Listen to that phone call here.

Here's the script of the latest call:

Hi. This is Gov. Rick Scott. I'm calling to personally tell you about two bills I recently signed into law.

This first bill delivers on a campaign promise to require that adults applying for welfare benefits undergo drug testing. While there's certainly a legitimate need for temporary assistance, our tax dollars shouldn't be funding drug abuse. This new law holds individuals accountable and protects taxpayers against subsidizing drug addiction.

The second bill cracks down on illegal prescription drug abuse. Florida has 98 of the 100 top dispensers of oxycodone in the nation. Too many of those drugs end up on the street and poison fellow Floridians, contributing to the seven drug overdoses each day. This new law imposes stiffer penalties for over-prescribing oxycodone and earmarks new funding to help state and local law enforcement crack down and prosecute offenders. Thank you for your time. Sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 4:45pm]


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