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Rick Scott to press corps: Let's get some decorum



Gov. Rick Scott's team asked the state capital press corps to remain in their seats after press conferences and not rush the newly-elected governor with questions. Scott's team has installed a velvet rope line in the hallway in an attempt to stop the chase of reporters.

"I want to have a positive, working relationship," Scott said.

Scott spent 15 minutes answering questions this morning in his first press conference since swearing in. It included the first flip-flop of his fledgling administration while most questions centered mostly around gambling, regulations and transition.

Here's a taste:

• Asked specifically on Thursday if he had the authority to sell the state air pool, Scott said, "It has to go through the Legislature, is my understanding." Asked today why he made the executive order if he needs legislative approval, Scott said: "That's not my understanding. I'm not sure. I have to check into that, but that's not my understanding. It's not my understanding right now."

• Scott said he would not make public the flight plans for his private jet. "I've never done it. I don't believe in it," Scott said, adding that his gubernatorial schedule is public record.

• Scott disputed the notion that he's open to more gambling in Florida, despite him taking a meeting in Las Vegas with Sheldon Adelson, owner of the Las Vegas Sands casino empire.

"I don't want the state to become very largely dependent on gaming for our revenues," Scott said. "We've allowed gaming in the state to date. And I haven't taken any position on doing anything to gaming."

• Scott said he is still developing a process to comb through hundreds of regulations and rules he stopped with his executive order. Scott said that process will focus on, "The benefit to a consumer versus the cost to killing jobs. So, there's two sides of it."

[Last modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 10:27am]


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