For much-traveled Gov. Rick Scott, ceremonial bill signing No. 10
Gov. Rick Scott must be getting to like these ceremonial bill signings, where local leaders are invited to help him celebrate enactment of a bill already signed into law. On Tuesday, it was a ceremonial two-fer.
Scott planned stops in two TV markets, Naples and West Palm Beach, to twice ceremonially sign a bill that creates a dedicated source of money for restoration of the Everglades, a program the Legislature branded as the Legacy Florida Initiative. They're designed to attract good publicity.
In each of the past two years, Scott has signed the state budget -- the most important bill of any session -- in private, with no lights, cameras or questions. But Tuesday's dual ceremonies bring to 10 the number of victory lap events this year compared to two in 2015 for a governor widely seen as laying the groundwork for a U.S. Senate candidacy two years from now.
That's a lot of blue Sharpie pens, which Scott hands out as souvenirs after a signing ceremony.
The subjects, dates and places of Scott's previous 2016 bill signing ceremonies were for Israel (April 6 in Boca Raton); veterans (April 7, Palm Beach); tax cuts (April 13, Jacksonville); Holocaust memorial (April 18, Davie); rape kits (April 21, Tampa); benefits for fallen officers (April 25, Orlando); college affordability (May 23, Boca Raton again) and mental health and substance abuse funding (May 25, Miami).
Correction: An earlier version of this post listed an incorrect location for one of the bill signings.