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Rick Scott

Richard Lynn Scott

    Rick Scott is a Republican elected governor of Florida in 2010. He defeated Democrat Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer, in the closest governor's race since 1876. He also spent $73 million of his own money to introduce himself to Floridians, having no political experience and barely met residency requirements.

    Rick Scott is the former CEO of Columbia/HCA and also started Solantic. Scott was born Dec. 1, 1952, in Bloomington, Ill. He served in the Navy and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Southern Methodist University Law School. He and his wife, Frances Annette, have two adult daughters.


    1. Private prison deprived inmates of heat and hot water for months, lawmaker finds

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The 284 women housed in C-dorm at Gadsden Correctional Institution lived for months without hot water or heat, faced flooded bathrooms daily and endured water rations when the septic tanks were jammed with food waste.

      Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, has been on a one-man mission to force change in Florida's troubled prison system.  [SCOTT KEELER    |    Times]
    2. PolitiFact Florida: Richard Corcoran's claim about mass shootings and gun-free zones

      In the wake of mass shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and at the Fort Lauderdale airport, Florida lawmakers are expected to act on a series of bills to expand where people can carry their guns.

      FBI agents investigate near the damaged rear wall of the Pulse Nightclub where Omar Mateen  killed 49 people on June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. The massacre is the deadliest mass shooting in the country's history.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    3. Charter schools vs. traditional schools: Legislature's debate resumes on taxes to pay for both

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers will try to force school districts to share part of their local tax dollars with charter schools so that those privately managed schools can enjoy the same access to money for maintenance and construction projects as traditional public schools.

       Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O' Lakes, is opposed to any legislation that would allow school boards to raise taxes for more construction and maintenance projects. "Raising taxes is just one of those things that, I think, in the end hurts more than it helps," he told reporters Thursday.
    4. Should local governments have less power? Some state lawmakers think so.

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Wage theft laws meant to help workers get paid what they are owed, rules meant to curb pollution and protections for LGBT Floridians could be on the chopping block this year if some Republicans in the Florida House get their way.

      Democratic Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn objects to such a law.
    5. In major Tallahassee reversal, mandatory sentences called a waste of taxpayer money

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Cynthia Powell is serving a 25-year sentence for selling 35 pills for $300 in 2002. Her incarceration at Homestead Correctional Institution costs taxpayers an average of $18,064 per year — or $451,600 by the time she is released in 2023.

      The “prison diversion bill” is sponsored by Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg.
    6. House hands Rick Scott defeat on jobs programs, tourism


      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott suffered another political setback with the Legislature.

    7. Parents say some kids get school recess and others don't. The numbers back them up.

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — For more than a year, whenever a "recess mom" has come to the Florida Capitol and pleaded with lawmakers, they have told stories of their child's lack of access to daily recess — offering anecdotes from their child's school or school district to showcase the inequities of unstructured playtime …

      The Florida Legislature's Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability (OPPAGA) last fall surveyed all 67 county school districts about their recess policies and also sought responses from 2,900 public elementary and middle schools. The results revealed broad inconsistencies in whether school districts and specific schools actually offer daily recess, and if they do, how frequently and for how long.  [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
    8. Florida Senate is MIA in civil war between Rick Scott and House Republicans

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Almost three weeks have passed since open warfare erupted between Florida House Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott over his two prized agencies.

      Senators such as Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, have stuck to the sidelines on Gov. Rick Scott’s battle with the House.
    9. PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott's misleading attack on fellow Republicans

      State Roundup

      Gov. Rick Scott is painting fellow Republicans as job-killers for their support of a bill that would decimate the state's agencies for tourism promotion and business incentives.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks during a roundtable discussion about the local economic impact of VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida in Panama City Beach on Feb. 14, 2017.  (Andrew Wardlow/News Herald via AP)
    10. Florida House and Senate on different gambling tracks

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A new House proposal would ban the expansion of slot machines and prohibit wildly popular card games at the state's parimutuels, putting the House at odds with a gambling industry-friendly plan floated by Senate Republican leaders.

      Slot machines, like the ones at this Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Hollywood, Fla., could become more prevalent under a new plan negotiated by Sen. Bill Galvano. [Willie J. Allen Jr. | Times]