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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. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. House hands Rick Scott defeat on jobs programs, tourism

      News

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

    5. 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]
    6. 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.
    7. 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)
    8. 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]
    9. 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]
    10. 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]