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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. Florida House committee advances bill to expand casino games

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers made uneven progress on ambitious plans to rewrite the state's gambling laws Tuesday as a House committee did what has been virtually impossible for the conservative chamber to do in the last decade: pass a bill that expands gambling in Florida.

      Gov. Rick Scott, center, talks with James Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming, at the tribe's headquarters in Hollywood earlier this month. Lawmakers are debating whether to approve a gaming compact signed by Scott and the tribe along with other possible changes to state gambling laws. [ASSOCIATED PRESS]
    2. Dozens of Florida death row inmates expected to challenge sentences

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — They live on death row, convicted of some of the worst crimes in Florida.

      Khadafy Mullens pleaded guilty to killing a store owner and a customer during a 2008 robbery of a food mart near St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field, a crime captured on the store's video surveillance camera. [CHERIE DIEZ | Times (2013)]
    3. Gov. Rick Scott, Seminole Tribe point to Tampa expansion if gaming compact is approved

      State Roundup

      HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida sought Monday to increase pressure on state lawmakers to approve a gambling deal with a proposed $1.8 billion expansion they said would create thousands of jobs at its Tampa and Hollywood casinos.

      Scott and the Seminoles add plans to expand as a sweetener.
    4. Senate and House spending plans clash with Gov. Rick Scott's priorities

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE —The state Legislature on Friday promoted spending plans for next year that threaten Gov. Rick Scott's priorities of tax cuts and a pool of money to attract jobs.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott reacts to the applause from members of the Florida Legislature as he gives his State of the State address on Jan. 12, 2016. (Scott Keeler  |  Times)
    5. Florida House omits centerpiece of Gov. Rick Scott's $1 billion tax cut plan


      TALLAHASSEE — The centerpiece of Gov. Rick Scott's tax cut plan may have already been dealt a fatal blow as state legislators instead are considering a wider range of sales tax reductions on everything from guns to smartphones in an election year.

    6. Surgeon General John Armstrong's confirmation looks uncertain

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Surgeon General John Armstrong is in a precarious position as senators question cuts to county health departments, deregulation of children's heart surgery and the removal of patients from a health care plan for the state's sickest kids.

      Surgeon General John Armstrong’s confirmation was put on hold in the state Senate on Tuesday. [Times (2012)] 
    7. Florida leads U.S. in new HIV cases after years of cuts in public health

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida leads the nation in new HIV infections, but it's not being treated as a crisis by Gov. Rick Scott or the state's top health officer, Dr. John Armstrong.

      State health boss John Armstrong says staff cuts don’t impact HIV rates.
    8. Victims of shuttered Dozier school get some closure before Florida Cabinet

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — After more than an hour of gut-wrenching testimony filled with tales of beatings and death, the state is no closer to knowing what to do with a shuttered reform school in North Florida where University of South Florida researchers have recovered dozens of human remains.

      In this photo from August 2013, University of South Florida assistant professor of anthropology Dr. Erin Kimmerle works to exhume a grave at the Boot Hill Cemetery on the campus of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. On Thursday, Kimmerle’s team gave its final report on Dozier to the Florida Cabinet. [Times files]
    9. A predicted $400 million drop in revenue could scuttle Gov. Rick Scott's tax-cut plan

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Tumbling financial markets are further clouding Gov. Rick Scott's push for $1 billion in tax cuts as the Legislature deals with a suddenly less rosy financial outlook and less money to divvy up.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he's pressing ahead with his $1 billion tax-cut plan, despite downgraded financial numbers. "We have plenty of money to be able to do tax cuts," Scott told the Times/Herald. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
    10. Florida lawmakers will have less money to spend this year

      State Roundup

      Florida legislators are going to have less money to spend in the coming year than they were planning on.