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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. As state budget talks wind down, which local projects are making the cut?


      TALLAHASSEE —With the big ticket items in the state budget resolved or in the hands of the top leaders in the House and Senate, the rest of the Florida Legislature hunkered down into marathon negotiations over the weekend to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars for local projects back home.

      With time running out to negotiate next year's proposed $83 billion budget, the Florida Senate has included $1 millions for the 

Clearwater Marine Aquarium. But the Florida House hasn't included any money for the aquarium so far. [DOUG CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times]
    2. After outcry, lawmakers scrap plans to fully slash funding for 'Moonlight' alumni's school

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers in Tallahassee are largely reversing course on plans to cut $650,000 in state grant funding to the Miami arts school whose alumni helped create the Oscar-winning film Moonlight and the Broadway hit "Hamilton."

      Andre Holland and Trevante Rhodes in Moonlight (2016). A24 Films.
    3. Meet the descendant of a Confederate soldier who is blocking Florida's first slavery memorial

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A proposal to create the first slavery memorial in Florida unanimously passed the state House on Friday with roaring applause — but its prospects in the Senate are uncertain after one committee chairman stalled the legislation over a "philosophical objection" to the concept.

      Sen. Dennis Baxley, seen here in 2007. [Tampa Bay Times]
    4. Lawmakers set to defund Miami school that educated makers of 'Moonlight' and 'Hamilton'

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers are on the brink of cutting $650,000 in state grant funding to the Miami arts school whose alumni helped create the Oscar-winning film "Moonlight" and the Broadway hit "Hamilton."

      Andre Holland and Trevante Rhodes in Moonlight (2016). A24 Films.
    5. This tax cut would cost Florida's local governments $644 million. And it just advanced in the Senate.


      TALLAHASSEE — An election-year tax break for Florida home­owners that cities and counties say would hurt basic services emerged Friday as the key to a budget deal in the Legislature.

      Rep. Richard Corcoran and Sen. Joe Negron (SCOTT KEELER | TIMES)
    6. Look what Uber did: Longtime Hillsborough County agency faces extinction

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A Hillsborough County board that regulates taxis and waged a years-long war against Uber is on track to be abolished by the state Legislature.

      Taxi cab drivers may no longer be regulated by Hillsborough County's Public Transportation Commission, as a Florida House bill that eliminates the board passed the chamber on Friday. The Senate is scheduled to vote on, and expected to pass, the same bill next week. [CHRIS URSO | Tampa Bay Times]
    7. For once, Florida Democrats have possible votes to block key Republican initiative


      TALLAHASSEE — As a sign of "increasing weight" in the legislative process, Senate Democrats have enough votes to block a key priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who wants to increase the property tax exemption for homeowners.

    8. Gaming debate continues for Day 3 in Florida Legislature

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers continued to move forward on gambling legislation Thursday, debating whether to renew a compact with the Seminole Tribe, which could produce as much as $300 million in annual revenue, or to expand slot machines and other gaming operations elsewhere.

    9. Gov. Rick Scott faces jarring rebuke in legislative budget deal

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott traveled the state the last two months calling out legislators for opposing his top budget priorities.

      Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks to reporters after a roundtable discussion with Tampa community leaders and business owners about the state of Enterprise Florida and its relation to Florida's military and defense communities in March in Tampa. [Andres Leiva | Tampa Bay Times]
    10. Bill proposes to cloud Sunshine Law by letting elected officials meet privately

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Constitution and the state's famed Sunshine Law give residents the right to observe meetings held by their elected officials.

      If a House measure passes the Legislature this year that allows two members of a public board to meet legally in private, are meetings like this 2015 St. Petersburg City Council workshop going to be rendered moot? [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]