Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Senate Backs Forever Florida, St. Johns Proposals

Dec 10, 2017

Measures that would double Gov. Rick Scott's spending request for the Florida Forever conservation program and earmark money to improve the St. Johns River continued to move easily through the Senate on Thursday.

Lawmakers Eye Financial 'Hit' In Disabilities Program

Dec 8, 2017

One of Gov. Rick Scott's priorities after taking office in 2011 was to resolve a longstanding deficit in the Medicaid “waiver” program that serves people with developmental disabilities.

WMFE

A Florida nursery and a man who suffers from epilepsy filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Gov. Rick Scott's administration that contends that state officials are flouting the state's new medical marijuana law.

Letters Rachet Up Nursing Home Regulatory Fight

Nov 19, 2017
Politico

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has consistently bemoaned unnecessary regulations on businesses, is escalating a legal and regulatory feud with the state's long-term care industry.

State Pitches Revamped Nursing Home Requirements

Nov 16, 2017
Flickr

Gov. Rick Scott's administration is proposing a new, permanent pair of emergency power rules for nursing homes and assisted living facilities that differ from controversial emergency rules unveiled in September, but long-term care providers still have concerns.

Some Nursing Homes Erroneously Targeted On Power Rules

Nov 12, 2017

Six nursing homes were erroneously included in an announcement Wednesday by Gov. Rick Scott's administration that 23 nursing homes had not complied with an edict about having generators to keep residents safe.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend millions to hire more child protective investigators and boost money spent on services for children adopted from foster care.

Supreme Court Rejects Stay In Pending Execution

Nov 2, 2017
Florida Department of Corrections

One week before Death Row inmate Patrick Hannon is scheduled to be put to death, the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to grant a stay of execution.

Two groups representing nursing homes and assisted living facilities want a Florida appeals court to block the actions of the administration of Gov. Rick Scott.

Politico

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend more on the state's beaches, springs and state parks.

House Leaders Seek KidCare Waivers

Oct 22, 2017
FL KidCare Facebook

The list of those asking Florida Gov. Rick Scott to waive insurance premium requirements for low-income families in 48 counties impacted by Hurricane Irma is growing.

More Variances Sought On Nursing Home Generators

Oct 17, 2017
Politico

At least 21 more long-term care providers have filed requests for variances with the state Agency for Health Care Administration as they seek additional time to comply with Gov Rick Scott's mandate that they add generators that can power air-conditioning systems.

Scott Wants To Make Nursing Home Rules Permanent

Oct 11, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott directed agencies Tuesday to begin the process of approving permanent rules that would require nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to add generators that can power air-conditioning systems.

AHCA Eyes Hospitals For Budget Cuts

Oct 10, 2017
Agency For Health Care Administration

Gov. Rick Scott's administration continues to target hospitals for potential Medicaid spending reductions in the coming year.

Scott Schedules Execution In Hillsborough Murders

Oct 8, 2017
Florida Department of Corrections

Less than 24 hours after the state executed Death Row inmate Cary Michael Lambrix, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a death warrant for a man convicted in two 1991 murders in Hillsborough County.

Scott Wants Nursing Home Rules In Constitution

Oct 6, 2017
Associated Press

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants a commission that is revising the state constitution to include provisions to protect residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Pharmaceutical Industry Backs 7-Day Limit On Opioids

Sep 28, 2017

As Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders start to move forward with plans to address the state's opioid epidemic, a major pharmaceutical-industry group said Wednesday it would support a seven-day limit on initial prescriptions of pain medications.

Nursing Homes Say Adding Generators 'Huge Challenge'

Sep 24, 2017

Florida nursing-home officials made clear Friday they think it is unrealistic — if not impossible — to carry out a demand by Gov. Rick Scott that facilities quickly install generators that can power air-conditioning systems.

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Florida’s nursing home industry will hold a summit Friday in Tallahassee to discuss Gov. Rick Scott’s emergency rule requiring increased generator capacity to help nursing homes in a disaster, according to the Miami Herald.

Keys Hospitals Begin To Evacuate As State Braces For Hurricane Irma

Sep 6, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott warned Floridians on Tuesday that powerful Hurricane Irma will start impacting the state by the end of the week — it's just not clear where.

Scott Schedules October Execution In Double Murder

Sep 4, 2017
Florida Department of Corrections

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday scheduled an Oct. 5 execution for Cary Michael Lambrix, a Death Row inmate convicted of killing Aleisha Bryant and Clarence Moore in 1983 after escaping from a work-release program.

Politico

Gov. Rick Scott has taken two more capital murder cases from a prosecutor who is opposed to the death penalty.

Latvala Asks Scott To Free Up $20M For Opioid Fight

Aug 29, 2017
Facebook page

Saying the “opioid crisis presents an existential threat,” Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala on Monday asked Gov. Rick Scott to use executive authority to provide $20 million for opioid-related services.

Scott Raises Concern About Inequity In Medicaid

Jul 17, 2017
Associated Press

A day after U.S. Senate leaders released a proposal to replace the federal Affordable Care Act, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday raised concerns about whether Florida would be treated fairly in Medicaid funding.

Justices Reject Challenge To Scott's Citrus Veto

Jul 14, 2017
Wikimedia Commons

Despite clear frustrations of some justices, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday declined to invalidate Gov. Rick Scott's veto of $37.4 million that lawmakers approved to compensate homeowners whose healthy citrus trees were cut down by the state more than a decade ago.

Scott Schedules First Execution In 18 Months

Jul 5, 2017
Florida Department of Corrections

Signaling a potential end to an 18-month hiatus for the state's embattled death penalty, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday rescheduled the execution date of convicted killer Mark James Asay for Aug. 27.

Justices Seem Skeptical Of Prosecutor’s Arguments On Death Penalty

Jun 29, 2017
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Florida Supreme Court justices appeared highly skeptical of a Central Florida state attorney’s assertion that prosecutors have absolute discretion in death-penalty cases during arguments Wednesday in a legal dispute between the prosecutor and Gov. Rick Scott.

State Democrats Go On Offensive Over Health Care Fight

Jun 28, 2017
WMFE

Even as the U.S. Senate delayed a planned procedural vote Tuesday on a controversial Republican plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, the proposal was roiling Florida's political landscape ahead of the 2018 elections.

Scott Going To Washington Amid Health Debate

Jun 26, 2017
Politico

After U.S. Senate leaders released a proposal Thursday to roll back the Affordable Care Act, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he will go to Washington next week to weigh in on the issues.

Supreme Court Wants Quick Response On Citrus Veto

Jun 22, 2017
Wikimedia Commons

The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday gave Gov. Rick Scott's administration until noon Monday to respond to a lawsuit challenging the governor's veto of $37.4 million intended to go to residents whose healthy citrus trees were cut down as the state tried to eradicate citrus-canker disease.

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