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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 prisons have toilet paper, but they're not supplying it to some inmates

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The four wings of Florida's Tomoka Correctional Institution's E cell block is home to some of the prison's most menacing inmates. They have arrived there because of administrative and disciplinary problems but, in addition to restricting them to confined, two-man cells, the prison also deprives them …

      Rep. David Richardson, D- Miami Beach, continues to find shocking lapses in how state prisons treat inmates. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
    2. A reliable Rick Scott ally, Pete Antonacci, named CEO of Enterprise Florida

      State Roundup

      Pete Antonacci, who last week made headlines when he advised scientists to stay in their lane rather than criticize his water agency's work on Everglades restoration, is getting a new job.

      Pete Antonacci, an attorney seen here in 2009, has served many roles for Gov. Rick Scott: general counsel, executive director of the South Florida Water Management District and now, CEO of Enterprise Florida.  [
COLIN HACKLEY | Special to the Times]
    3. Florida gets another 60 days to prove why an abortion waiting period is needed

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Pam Bondi's Office has 60 more days to gather evidence and testimony to defend a mandatory 24-hour waiting period for abortions, which lawmakers enacted in 2015 but blocked from taking effect amid a two-year legal battle.

      Florida Circuit Judge Terry Lewis.
    4. Florida's abortion waiting period back in court

      State Roundup

      The Florida Supreme Court put a temporary block on a 2015 law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting abortions, but a Tallahassee judge is holding a hearing today on a request by opponents to find the law unconstitutional.

      Florida Circuit Judge Terry Lewis.
    5. As run for governor looms, Putnam pushes for guns on campus, open carry in public

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a top Republican contender for governor next year, said he would support proposed changes in Florida law to let "law-abiding gun owners" carry firearms on college and university campuses and openly in public places.

      Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor, speaks at a press conference Tuesday at the Florida National Guard Armory in Tallahassee. [Kristen M. Clark | Miami Herald]
    6. Everglades restoration project leader tells top scientists: Stay in your lane

      Wetlands

      The head of the state agency overseeing the multi-billion-dollar Everglades restoration project said this week he will no longer let his employees cooperate with the top scientists who are supposed to be advising the project.

      South Florida Water Management District executive director Pete Antonacci. [Courtesy of Miami Herald]
    7. Auditors find millions in 'questionable costs' at water district, but will it matter?

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Officials in charge of the smallest water management district in Florida were making a big mistake: they appeared to be keeping millions of dollars acquired from land sales instead of returning it to the state's general fund — and they had no paper trail.

      Noah Valenstein got the job as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday May 23rd, on a unanimous vote by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet. His previous job?  Executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, which was flagged by state auditors for $22.5 million in "questionable costs". The audit covered the time Valenstein led the district. He oversees the district in his new job.  [Special to the Times]
    8. Florida Supreme Court says 'no' to overruling governor's citrus canker veto

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Homeowners in Broward and Lee counties who lost their citrus trees to canker or the state's eradication program were told by Florida's highest court Thursday that because of the governor's veto, they'll have to go back to court to get the money they are due.

      The Florida Supreme Court's ruled Thursday that residents who want the state to pay damages for lost citrus trees must go back to court for the money they are due.  [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
    9. Legislators quietly dish no-bid $3 million contract to private prison group

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones was visiting Graceville Correctional Facility, the private prison in North Florida run by The Geo Group, when she spotted a paperweight with a picture of handcuffs imprinted on it and the words "Continuum of Care."

      Julie Jones, Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, said she wanted to avoid sharing information with The Geo Group, the state's prison contractor, after she says she was convinced the vendor had taken one of her department's ideas and branded it as its own.  [SCOTT KEELER    |  TIMES]
    10. Florida's silent civil rights struggle: Thousands wait decades to regain the right to vote

      Perspective

      TALLAHASSEE — Adam McCracken has a Ph.D., practices psychology in Orlando and is married with two sons.

      Gov. Rick Scott, right, listens to Attorney Gen. Pam Bondi. Both serve on the state Board of Executive Clemency, which restores, or more often doesn't, the civil rights of those convicted of a felony after they serve their sentences.  [AP Photo | Steve Cannon]