Florida Governor Rick Scott

Rep. Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast) flanked by Rep. Jose Oliva and Speaker Richard Corcoran.
Nick Evans

House Speaker Richard Corcoran got his bills, and he got enough Democrats to build a veto-proof majority.  The lower chamber has approved legislation to scale back Visit Florida and eliminate Enterprise Florida.

Florida Capitol
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Saint Petersburg Rep. Kathleen Peters has filed legislation to increase mental health treatment. It adds certain mental health and substance abuse services to the state’s Medicaid program through a safety network.

Rene Garcia
Florida Senate / FLSenate.gov

Florida families are calling on the state to fully fund mental health services. Social service agencies say the lack of funding for mental health care and substance abuse means more people incarcerated or living on the streets.

The Florida Capitol Building from Adams Street
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The 2017 Legislative Session is off to a tense start, with politicians already butting heads over the all-important budget. The fight could spell disaster for freshmen lawmakers hoping to earn their keep in the statehouse.

Governor Rick Scott speaking to the Enterprise Florida board.
The Florida Channel

Florida Governor Rick Scott touted new jobs, a growing economy and tax cuts in his State of the State speech Tuesday. But Democratic lawmakers say Scott’s policies are benefitting corporations at the expense of Floridians.

The Florida Supreme Court
Nick Evans

Florida Supreme Court justices are considering allowing hundreds of thousands of ex-felons to vote. They heard arguments from Floridians For a Fair Democracy on a ballot initiative that would restore voting rights for residents who have completed their sentences.

Carlos Beruff Campaign Webpage

Florida Governor Rick Scott is naming Carlos Beruff to chair Florida’s Constitutional Revision Commission.

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Governor Scott's Office

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been talking up the Republican Congress’ plans for the Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare. But while he’s in Washington D.C. meeting with President Donald Trump’s administration, his public comments are being criticized at home.

Rep. Randy Fine (R-Brevard Co.) reading his letter to Governor Rick Scott.
Nick Evans

Florida’s Governor and House leaders are at each other’s throats over funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.  Murmurs are growing louder lawmakers will need a special session to agree on a budget.  Both sides are digging in, and the battle lines are becoming clear in a recent letter.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott
State of Florida, Meredyth Hope Hall

Florida Governor Rick Scott is crisscrossing the state calling out lawmakers by name for voting to gut two state agencies.

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Florida’s governor, House speaker and Senate president are circling one another looking for leverage on their own budget priorities.

Nick Evans

Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling for tax cuts again despite this year’s hazy budget outlook.  The governor unveiled his budget proposal Tuesday.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott
State of Florida, Meredyth Hope Hall

Florida’s Cabinet is dealing with an embattled agency in flux.  Friday Department of Environmental Protection secretary Jon Steverson resigned—effective February third.  Now Governor Rick Scott is lining up a special cabinet meeting next week to fill the vacancy.

Nick Evans

House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Governor Rick Scott are in a stand-off when it comes to incentives.  After Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting the governor defended using public money to boost business in the state.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott
The Florida Channel

Late last year it appeared state officials were staking out a position against financing land purchases with new bonds.  Now that resistance may be softening slightly. 

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A philosophical debate is taking shape in the Florida Capitol about what role the government should play in the economy. How lawmakers come down on economic development programs could have real consequences for Governor Rick Scott’s top priorities.

Sgt. Debra Clayton was shot and killed Monday morning.
Orlando Police twitter

The Orlando police department is in mourning after a shooter Monday gunned down one of its officers and a sheriff’s deputy died in the manhunt for the suspect.  Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared the week first responder appreciation week.

Gov. Rick Scott is suing the federal government over Low-Income Pool funding.
Governor Rick Scott

Florida Governor Rick Scott says he will not be joining the administration of president-elect Donald Trump. Instead, Scott plans to finish out his term in the state capitol.

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The 2016 election is still fresh in the minds of voters, but candidates are already gearing up for 2018.

Tom Hagerty

Floridians now have until the end of the day Tuesday October 18 to get signed up to vote. A federal judge Wednesday extended the state’s voter registration deadline.

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A coalition of reproductive rights groups says Florida isn’t doing enough to combat the Zika virus. The Zika virus is now affecting more than one thousand Floridians, and public health officials worry the mosquito-borne and sexually transmitted illness will continue to spread.

Money Available To Hermine-Impacted Small Businesses

Oct 10, 2016
Florida Small Business Development Center

An Emergency Bridge Loan Program is helping local businesses to recover from Hurricane Hermine. 

State of Florida, Meredyth Hope Hall

Governor Rick Scott says he won’t extend the state’s voter registration deadline because of Hurricane Matthew. That decision is attracting criticism from one Florida political scientist.

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Activists hope to have a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot that would automatically restore voting rights to Florida’s felons. Now officials are looking at how the measure might affect the state’s bottom line.

Gov. Scott's clean up efforts could lay the ground work for his next political move.
Nick Evans

Florida Governor Rick Scott has been putting his shoulder into Hurricane Hermine response efforts.

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