Florida Gov. Rick Scott

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
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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
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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.

Scott Signs Fentanyl, Pollution Notification Bills

Jun 15, 2017
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Gov. Rick Scott signed measures Wednesday that will impose minimum mandatory sentences on people who traffic in the dangerous drug fentanyl and require increased public notification of pollution incidents.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he "absolutely" intends to sign the medical marijuana bill passed Friday by the state Legislature.

Scott Signs ‘Stand Your Ground’ Change

Jun 11, 2017

A measure changing the state's controversial “stand your ground” self-defense law was among 16 bills that Gov. Rick Scott signed into law late Friday.

Associated Press

Gov. Rick Scott and an Orange County prosecutor who refuses to seek the death penalty will square off against each other before the state's high court.

The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a June 28 hearing so justices can question attorneys representing the Republican governor and State Attorney Aramis Ayala.

Scott Signs ‘Nonviable Birth’ Certificate Bill

Jun 1, 2017
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Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed five bills, including a measure that would allow families to request certificates of “nonviable birth” after miscarriages.

Associated Press

Florida will eliminate taxes charged on tampons under a measure signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

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Florida's liquor wall, which was been around since Prohibition ended, will remain standing after a bill to tear it down was vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott.

Debby Dawson, who lives in southwest Florida, has a simple message to Gov. Rick Scott: The state's existing scholarship program for disabled children is "life changing" and has helped her 7-year-old autistic son "develop by leaps and bounds."

Dozier Memorial Bill Goes To Gov. Scott

May 19, 2017
Michael Spooneybarger Reuters/Landov

A bill authorizing the creation of memorials for the victims of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys was sent to Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday.

Ayala Lawyers Rip Governor Over Death Penalty Dispute

May 9, 2017

Lawyers for Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala fired back Monday against Gov. Rick Scott for shifting 23 death-penalty case to another prosecutor, describing his actions as “baldly political.”

California Department of Corrections

Florida legislators plan to take more than $1 million and 21 jobs away from a state prosecutor who announced she won't seek the death penalty any more.

Gov. Scott Will Sign Lake Okeechobee Water Bill

May 4, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott will sign a bill that includes money to speed construction of a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee — a top priority of Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart.

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