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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. State lawmakers end budget stalemate, but clash with Rick Scott looms

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers reached a tentative deal on an $83 billion budget Tuesday that could end the session on time but could put them on a collision course with Gov. Rick Scott.

      Florida's proposed budget is now in the hands of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. [SCOTT KEELER | TIMES]
    2. Senate advances bill to let FPL customers pay fracking costs

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida Power & Light's quest to have customers pay for natural gas fracking projects in other states overcame a key hurdle Tuesday as the Senate Rules Committee passed the controversial measure and overlooked opposition from residential and commercial customers.

      Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, had his bill on fracking advance in the Senate on Tuesday. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
    3. If Richard Corcoran is anti-hometown projects, why is this project earmarked for $4.3 million?

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Nothing is immune from the bruising budget battle between the House and Senate in Tallahassee — not even victims of unsolved murders.

      The Florida Institute for Forensic Anthropology & Applied Sciences, or IFAAS, would provide a range of services to law enforcement and medical examiners around the state. The current initiative is to create a physical space for indoor and outdoor facilities. This will include lab space for research, applied forensic services in case work, education in the areas of forensics, anthropology, geochemistry, legal medicine, forensic intelligence, aviation reconstruction and cyber forensics. [IFAAS]
    4. Aramis Ayala gets prominent backers in death penalty dispute with Rick Scott

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Ex-prosecutors, former state Supreme Court justices, civil rights organizations and families of homicide victims from across the country have filed briefs supporting embattled Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala in her legal battle with Gov. Rick Scott.

      Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced in March that her office will no longer pursue the death penalty as a sentence in any case brought before the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida. [Orlando Sentinel via AP]
    5. As budget talks crash, Corcoran wants 'continuation' budget, no new spending

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A bitter stalemate over spending forced the Legislature to suspend work on a budget Monday, stirring more bad blood among Republicans and putting an on-time adjournment in doubt.

      Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O' Lakes and Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R- Stuart, talk during a joint session of the Florida Legislature in March. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
    6. Controversy over Miami lawmaker's racial slur engulfs Florida Legislature

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Controversy raged in the Florida Capitol for a second day over Sen. Frank Artiles' racist and sexist tirade, distracting and slowing down the Legislature on Thursday, just two weeks before the end of the annual lawmaking session and building pressure on the Miami Republican to resign — or risk …

      Sen. Frank Artiles, R- Miami, is showing no signs of stepping down. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
    7. Florida's top court green lights voting right for felons ballot question

      State Roundup

      Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

      TALLAHASSEE — Voting rights advocates and civil rights attorneys cheered the Florida Supreme Court's unanimous ruling Thursday approving language of a proposed amendment that would restore voting rights for convicted felons, saying the decision is a major step toward …

      The Florida Supreme Court's ruling that approved the language of a proposed amendment restoring voting rights for convicted felons was hailed by advocates on Thursday.  [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
    8. Welfare changes in Florida include tougher penalties for recipients

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Welfare recipients in Florida would face tougher penalties for failing to meet work requirements and some food stamp recipients could become ineligible if lawmakers in the Florida House have their way.

      Rep. Dane Eagle said the bill is intended to encourage employment.
    9. It's up to Rick Scott now: Should local governments be allowed to regulate Uber?

      State Roundup


      Years of fighting among local governments, the Legislature and ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft could soon come to an end.

      Taxi cab drivers wait at an offsite area for fares at Tampa International Airport Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee for voted 7-2 Tuesday in favor of a statewide ride-sharing legislation that was proposed by Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg. SB 340 would prevent local governments from passing their own regulations, making the Public Transportation Commission powerless to oversee the companies.
    10. State's chief inspector general overseeing Opa-locka's financial crisis resigns

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel, the top investigator for two governors who has been accused of suppressing whistleblowers at the state's prison agency and most recently was assigned the task of sorting through the financial troubles in Opa-locka, has resigned her post saying she "wanted to …

      Chief Inspector General Melinda Miguel