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Times/Herald video: Rick Scott on abortion, pill mills, gambling resorts and Facebook



Gov. Rick Scott answered a few questions after talking to Department of Health employees Tuesday afternoon, the latest in his series of agency visits.

Here are a few highlights (questions are paraphrased):
Do you embrace the nearly 20 proposals in the Legislature that restrict abortions in this state, or do you draw the line somewhere?
"We'll I'll review all those bills. But as you know I've lived all my life...I'm gonna be a pro-life governor.
We didn't hear much about abortion as a campaign issue. Should be people be surprised if abortions gets severely restricted?
"Look, I'm going to review all those bills. I'm going to make a decision as a pro-life governor."

Pill mills
Will you stall the prescription drug monitoring database in the Department of Health or are you willing to compromise on this issue?
"Look, the pill-mill issue is a major issue in our state. And we are losing people every day. So we've got to come up with a plan that's going to solve this issue. With regard to the database, I am very uncomfortable where we are now because of privacy."

Why he's holding a Facebook town hall tonight
"I travel the state almost every day, and it's just another way that I can talk to people. So I travel... You know, one of the most interesting days I had is I went to a mall on the east coast and just talked to people. So this is just another opportunity for people to send me their questions and I'll be responsive.

Position on destination gambling resorts bills moving through Legislature
"I'll review those. As you know, my position all along is that we have gaming in our state. I think it's a local issue, and I think that's the way we should continue it.

Will you approve the court system borrowing millions to patch their budget? (Lucy Morgan's story here.)
"We were just notified of their issue, so we're getting up to speed on it, and then I'll make a decision."

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 4:09pm]


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