Florida Governor Rick Scott

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With the 2018 legislative session looming, state officials are doing their level best to defuse a widening sexual harassment scandal.  The governor is ordering new training at state agencies.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott spoke about his executive order after December's Cabinet meeting.
Florida Cabinet

Florida Governor Rick Scott is ordering state agencies to develop training and reporting guidelines for sexual harassment.

The Florida Channel

Florida Governor Rick Scott is unveiling his final budget proposal in office.  

Nick Evans

A few words among Florida supreme court justices mumbled on a hot mic, has the governor looking for answers.  The exchange came at the end of a high profile hearing over who will name three upcoming vacancies on the Supreme Court bench.

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The governor and state lawmakers are proposing new prescription limits to fight opioid abuse.  But they also want to require physicians use a long-standing drug monitoring database—raising the question, why wasn’t it mandatory to begin with?

Nick Evans

The gubernatorial field is widening as the state Supreme Court is wrestling with the question of when the eventual winner’s nominating powers take effect.  The court’s next move could have major repercussions for the bench.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran
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After Hurricane Irma turned more than 6 million Floridians into evacuees, Senate budget drafters are eyeing state reserves as a way to get communities back on their feet quickly. 

Attorney General Pam Bondi (left) and Governor Rick Scott (third from left) spoke about an Alachua County emergency declaration after the Florida Cabinet meeting Tuesday.
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Florida Governor Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency ahead of a white supremacist speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  Richard Spencer will speak at the University of Florida Thursday.

Nick Evans

Florida Governor Rick Scott will ask lawmakers for $50 million next year to fight opioid abuse.  But it’s not clear how much will go to treatment and how much to enforcement.

Governor Rick Scott visiting Collier County after Hurricane Irma.
Governor's Press Office

Florida is still dusting itself off after the Hurricane Irma, but Governor Rick Scott is encouraging Floridians to stay prepared.

Hurricane Irma approaching Anguilla from NOAA's GOES-16 satellite.
NOAA

Tallahassee and Leon County aren’t under evacuation orders due to Hurricane Irma, but so far roughly one in four Floridians are. 

Rep. Jay Fant (R-Jacksonville) is running for Attorney General.
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Next year’s race for attorney general could find two of Florida’s most recognizable Republicans backing different candidates.  Incumbent Pam Bondi has already made her endorsement, but the governor may go in a different direction.

Governor Rick Scott
Florida Channel

Florida Governor Rick Scott is repudiating President Donald Trump’s comments but not the president himself.  Trump in recent days has equated the actions of white nationalists with those of the men and women who marched in opposition.

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States across the country are struggling to hold off a rising tide of opioid abuse and Florida is no exception.  But the return of harsh penalties for possession—a hallmark of the war on drugs—is frustrating a broad spectrum of advocates and officials.

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Florida’s Democratic lawmakers are joining the call to reject the president’s request for voter information. 

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The deadline is approaching for Florida’s governor to sign off on a bill aimed at tracking the use of addictive prescription drugs. Some medical professionals see the measure as key to fighting the opioid epidemic.

Nick Evans

The Florida League of Women Voters is asking the state Supreme Court to weigh in on a decades-old legal dispute: when a justice’s term ends at the same time as the sitting governor, who appoints a replacement? 

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A bill aimed at codifying students’ religious expression is awaiting a signature from Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Budget conference beginning.
Nick Evans

Budget talks have begun—or at least the public face of them have started.  Lawmakers are planning an extremely tight timeline.

Governor Rick Scott.
The Florida Channel

Florida Governor Rick Scott says Republicans should start chipping away at eliminating the Affordable Care Act. He spoke to Fox News after attending a White House bill signing.

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Governor Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency as more than a hundred wildfires flare across the state. With drought conditions spreading and more hot weather ahead, there’s little indication the blazes will slow down.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration.
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Florida lawmakers are again urging the governor to suspend a prosecutor who won’t pursue the death penalty. But constitutional lawyers argue Aramis Ayala’s actions don’t warrant removal. 

Sarah Mueller

Gov. Rick Scott met Monday with members of the Safety Net Alliance of Florida to discuss hospital funding. Hospitals have said doctors will leave the state and the poor may not get care if proposed budget cuts become permanent.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration.
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In a series of executive orders, Florida Governor Rick Scott has reassigned 21 death penalty cases in ninth judicial circuit.  The state attorney there is refusing to pursue capital punishment.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration.
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Lawyers, judges and professors are pushing back against Governor Rick Scott’s decision to reassign a death penalty case. The move comes after the Orlando State Attorney announced she won’t pursue capital punishment.

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