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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. Florida House won't count computer coding as foreign language for high school students

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House isn't supporting a controversial proposal to let high school students count computer coding as a foreign language course, likely stalling the concept for the second straight session.

    2. Fighting City Hall: Push for more state control angers cities and counties


      TALLAHASSEE — You can fight City Hall. The state Legislature does it all the time.

      Cities and counties are fighting legislation this year that would dramatically limit their home rule powers. Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Wesley Chapel, left, says states have powers over local governments that are guaranteed in the Constitution. Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, is pushing legislation that would increase the homestead exemption on property taxes from $50,000 to $75,000. If passed, it would cost cities and counties in Florida about $700 million. ([

Steve Bousquet | Tampa Bay Times]
    3. Five budget fights to watch as Scott, lawmakers collide on spending $83.5 billion



      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature have battled repeatedly over jobs and tourism spending for weeks, but a fight with much higher stakes is brewing.

      The state budget.

        Students take their seats before the start of the USF St. Petersburg fall commencement ceremony at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Dec. 13, 2015. Universities are in the House's crosshairs for the 2017-2018 state budget. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
    4. Lawmaker to Rick Scott: Restore order in privately run women's prison


      TALLAHASSEE — Warning that inmate health and safety is at risk at the state's largest privately run women's prison, Rep. David Richardson asked Gov. Rick Scott this week to use his emergency powers to replace the top officers and take state control of Gadsden Correctional Facility.

      Rep. David Richardson, D- Miami Beach, is asking Gov. Rick Scott to declare an emergency about the conditions at Gadsden Correctional Facility, the state's largest women's prison. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
    5. Caught in crossfire between Rick Scott and Richard Corcoran, group fights for survival

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — While the prospect of another round of military base closures is getting more talk in Washington, the Florida Legislature is taking steps to kill off a non-profit created to help keep Florida bases off the chopping block.

      A flight crew boards a KC-135 R Stratotanker at the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Airforce Base. [Scott Martin | Associated Press]
    6. Bill that attempts to freeze gambling in Florida advances in House


      TALLAHASSEE — A bill that attempts to lock Florida's gambling footprint in place for 20 years — and ice out any casino expansion — passed a key House committee along a party line vote Tuesday leaving the Legislature miles apart over how to resolve the lucrative gambling compact with the Seminole …

       Pictured is the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa's new state-of-the-art poker room on Thursday, January 12, 2017. The non-smoking poker room features 46 tables, 40 TV sets, and a drinks and snacks bar.
    7. Rules conflict snags opening of Constitution review commission


      TALLAHASSEE — The state panel assigned to review the state Constitution got off to a rocky start Monday as the 37-member commission met for an organizational session in the Florida Senate chambers but delayed adopting rules after several members privately raised questions about whether the proposals diluted the …

      Gov. Rick Scott selected Republican businessman Carlos Beruff, a former U.S. Senate, to chair the Constitution Revision Commission. [Lara Cerri | Tampa Bay Times]
    8. Will legislators lift the veil on 'dark money' in Florida politics?

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The ritual is so routine it hardly draws attention.

      Rep. Joe Gruters, R- Sarasota, is proposing legislation that would ban the practice of committees tranferring funds to other committees, making it difficult to determine which contributions go to which lawmakers. Along with Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Melbourne, the legislation intends to improve campaign finance transparency. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
    9. Richard Corcoran leaves the Capitol behind as he campaigns around the state

      State Roundup

      PENSACOLA — As most Florida lawmakers headed home over the weekend, House Speaker Richard Corcoran hit the road and continued to build a statewide profile.

      Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O' Lakes takes a puff off his cigar during a fundraiser barbecue for the Pinellas County Republican Party at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays in early February. He's been spending much of his time as speaker out on the road, conducting what seems like a populist campaign for higher office. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
    10. Florida prosecutors rebuke Orlando state attorney, promise to continue seeking death penalty


      Nineteen of Florida's 20 state attorneys announced Friday they would continue to seek the death penalty in cases they feel it is justified, a rebuke to the Orlando-area prosecutor who this week declared she would no longer push for capital punishment.

      Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala says she will no longer pursue the death penalty.