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Rick Scott not showing his cards on Internet cafe ban bill

Scott Keeler | Times



Gov. Rick Scott still isn't saying whether he'll support legislation banning Internet sweepstakes cafes in Florida.

Speaking to the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Monday afternoon, Scott said he is waiting to see what the Legislature does before taking a position. Reading between the lines, it seems Scott wants to make sure the Senate passes a full ban before being forced to take a stand. (The House passed the ban on Friday.)

"I want to see what they're going to do," the governor said.

Scott, who took questions for an hour, remained hyper-focused on his two priorities of giving public school teachers a $2,500 pay raise and cutting a sales tax for manufacturers.

He also sounded less partisan, talking up relationships with President Barack Obama's cabinet, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan. “Arne,” as Scott referred to him, called to recommend Tony Bennett as Scott’s new education commissioner.

Other notes:

Scott made a point to single out what a great job Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (D) is doing. Twice. He didn't mention St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster (R).

On the lieutenant governor search: “People are giving me plenty of ideas.” Scott didn’t drop any names.

On Friday’s big Florida vs. Florida Gulf Coast basketball game: “I’d like both those teams to win.”

On the Senate’s Medicaid expansion compromise: Scott supports the idea in principle. “I want to make sure everyone has access to quality health care.”

On gay marriage: Scott wouldn’t say if he supported a 2008 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, and wouldn’t say if he supports the ban today. “It’s in the Constitution.”

On nuclear cost recovery fee: Scott wouldn't say if he's for change, or what he'd support.

Scott also said he’s hired a full-time headhunter in his office, and that the headhunter helped find new Department of Management Services secretary Craig Nichols.

[Last modified: Monday, March 25, 2013 3:38pm]


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