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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 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]
    2. Richard Corcoran takes his fight with Rick Scott behind closed doors

      National

      TALLAHASSEE — House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who vowed a "new era of transparency," called a private caucus of Republican lawmakers and urged them to "stand strong" in the face of opposition to his plan to shut down the state's two largest economic development programs.

      Despite vowing that he would set a new standard for transparency, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran held a private meeting with his Republican colleagues on Wednesday, refusing to let a Times/Herald reporter to attend. [Steve Bousquet | Tampa Bay Times]
    3. Withdrawal of Florida from federal refugee program passes House committee

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers took their first step Thursday toward removing Florida from the refugee resettlement program amid charges that the federal government was not an effective partner with state law enforcement.

      Rubycellia Salnero, Anthony Salnero, 6 months, Angel Salnero, 9, of Tampa pray at a special church service at the Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon on Feb. 1. 

The Diocese of St. Petersburg held a prayer vigil for migrants and refugees led by Rev. Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of St. Petersburg, with an estimated 1,000 people in attendance from around the community.

Many in our community and throughout the country are experiencing fear and anxiety in response to President Trump. On Thursday, a Florida House committee passed a bill that would withdraw state participation in a federal program that resettles refugees. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
    4. $200M for teacher incentives? Florida lawmakers crafting plan to do it

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — How much Florida spends to recruit and keep quality teachers for its K-12 public schools could potentially quadruple next year — and maybe even reach as high as a quarter of a billion dollars — under tentative plans being crafted in private by Republican House and Senate leaders ahead of …

      Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, is proposing that the state spend $200 million or more on incentives for K-12 teachers, far surpassing the $58 million proposed by Gov. Rick Scott.  [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
    5. Refugees in Florida are in the spotlight again. Here's what you need to know.

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — As President Trump's executive order thrust refugees into the national spotlight, Florida House lawmakers were preparing a plan to pull the state out of the federal program that assists refugees after they arrive in the country.

      The Alsaloum family waits in line at a social security office in Tampa on Feb. 2, 2017, with case worker Rana Al Sarraf of Coptic Orthodox Charities, Inc. Al Sarraf plays a crucial role in assisting refugee families with getting their lives started in the United States. Florida lawmakers are considering withdrawing any state assistance in a federal program that resettled refugees in Florida. Last year, 3,272 refugees resettled in Florida. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times ]
    6. Florida lawmakers consider allowing guns at bars, polling places, games, campuses

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Concealed guns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers games, local bars and even voting booths could be commonplace under a sweeping measure introduced this week in the Florida Legislature.

      Sen. Dennis Baxley is sponsoring legislation that would eliminate 15 locations identified in state law as places where you can't carry a gun, such as polling places, airport passenger terminals, courthouses, campuses, sports games and establishments that serve alcohol. [Chris Zuppa | Tampa Bay Times]
    7. Florida lawmakers unveil proposed K-12 school testing reforms

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Instead of scattering K-12 assessment tests throughout the spring months and disrupting teaching time, a reform proposal being unveiled Wednesday morning in the Florida Legislature would require all such exams to take place only in the final three weeks of the school year, starting next year.

      Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, is pushing legislation that would cluster assessment testing for K-12 in three weeks, rather than the throughout the entire school year. [SKIP O'ROURKE  | Times]
    8. Thousands of Florida mortgages could be at risk because of insurance abuse

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — An Ohio insurance-rating company has warned that recent court rulings and skyrocketing losses from water-damage claims have created an "uncertain operating environment" for Florida's property insurers and that it will downgrade the financial stability of 10 to 15 Florida-based companies, potentially …

      Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, is fighting to reform “assignment of benefits.”
    9. Lawmakers considered forbidding teachers from withholding recess. Not this year.

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — An elementary school student acts up in class. No recess for him.

      Fifth-grade students at John M. Sexton Elementary School in St. Petersburg participate in field games during a 15-minute recess period, which is held each school day. State legislators are considering making daily recess mandatory in public elementary schools. But a sticking point in the proposed legislation is whether teachers should be allowed to revoke recess as punishment. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Tampa Bay Times]
    10. Gov. Rick Scott hits the road, seeking political payback

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Call it the Rick Scott retribution tour.

      Gov. Rick Scott visited the Museum of Science and Industry Monday to defend funding Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. While he was there, he denounced Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa, for voting to eliminate both agencies. "I am shocked, right here locally Shawn Harrison voted against Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida." Harrison later responded on Twitter. [MOSI]