Governor Rick Scott

Shands Jacksonville says losing LIP funds could shut it down.
University of Florida

Governor Rick Scott’s newly-formed hospital workgroup is quickly becoming a hot ticket. Several lawmakers are volunteering to serve on the panel that will examine hospital funding.

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Governor Rick Scott speaks with reporters following a meeting with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell in Washington, D.C.
Tampa Bay Tines

Florida Governor Rick says he didn’t get an answer on whether the federal government would renew a $2 billion program reimbursing hospitals for uncompensated care. The fate of the Low-Income pool is at the center of a budget impasse in the state.

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

Florida is getting support from other states in its lawsuit against the federal government over healthcare funding. There are about nine other states that get supplemental Medicaid funding, called the Low-Income Pool and Texas and Kansas are among them.

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

Governor Rick Scott is following through on a promise to examine the finances of Florida’s public hospitals.  The move comes as an impasse between the legislative chambers deepens.

Governor Rick Scott
Executive Office of the Governor / State of Florida

Update: 5:18 p.m.:   Florida's Agency for Healthcare Administration says the last time it spoke with officials at the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicare services was last Thursday. AHCA says the only thing mentioned was that CMS had not stopped negotiating with the state over the renewal of federal funding to hospitals for uncompensated care.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (l) speaks to Senate President Andy Gardiner prior to the legislative session.
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Florida lawmakers are expected to take up an omnibus bill next week in an effort to reform the state’s troubled prison system. The system—plagued by allegations of inmate abuse and inmate deaths—was also a topic of discussion Wednesday at the State Capitol.

Already, the Chairmen of the Criminal Justice committees in the House and Senate have conducted several surprise inspections of some correctional facilities.

And, a comprehensive bill looking to reform the system has been filed by Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) in his capacity as the chair of the Senate panel.

The Florida Channel

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater stepped up their criticism of Governor Rick Scott’s administration Thursday. Both Atwater and Putnam are joining an increasing number of voices who say there should be an investigation into the firing of the state’s former top law enforcement official.

WFSU

Gov. Rick Scott has rejected a request from Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater to consider a search for a new head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Scott wants the cabinet to consider changes at the departments of insurance regulation, financial regulation, and revenue. The exchange comes as Democratic lawmakers call for an investigation into the ouster of former FDLE head Gerald Bailey.

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As the Florida Legislature returns next week, a bipartisan duo of lawmakers could be looking at making some more changes on top of a new law overhauling Florida’s child welfare agency. It could include changes to the state’s abuse hotline, after the recent tragic death of a five-year-old girl whose father is accused of throwing her over a bridge.

“She was my world. I truly, truly loved her,” said a tearful Michele Jonchuck. “She was an angel. She loved school. She loved to crack jokes. She liked to be helpful to the other children at school.”

WFSU

A former Florida Department of Law Enforcement official is accusing Governor Rick Scott of political payback after he removed Gerald Bailey as head of FDLE. It’s not unusual for a governor to shuffle agency heads at the start of a second term, but in Bailey’s case, the issue is about how and why his departure occurred.

Enterprise Florida

Florida’s top jobs recruiter is stepping down from his post.

At the end of February, Gray Swoope will resign.  He’s the state’s Secretary of Commerce as well as the head of Enterprise Florida, the state’s lead economic development agency.

Swoope was one of the few top officials who served during Governor Rick Scott’s entire first term.

In a statement following Swoope’s announced departure, Scott hailed Swoope for creating “a jobs legacy” and for making “major economic deals” happen for the state.

Some Florida Panhandle counties will soon receive a more than $900,000 grant for flood recovery efforts.

In a release, Volunteer Florida—which links to federal help—announced the approval of the about $905,000 FEMA grant to provide disaster relief and assist Panhandle victims of last year’s flooding in the Spring.

The grant targets residents in Okaloosa, Walton, Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is following through on his campaign promise to boost the amount of money going to the state’s public K-12 Schools.

During the Great recession Florida and many other states, cut their budgets, including education.

Florida Department of Corrections

The execution of a man convicted for a 1993 murder is set to take place this week. It would be the 21st execution during Gov. Rick Scott’s system.

Johnny Shane Kormondy is set to be executed for his role in a 1993 murder. One of his accomplices admitted to killing Gary McAdams and is only serving life.

The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling for prayer vigils to pray for the McAdams family and for Kormondy. Executive Director, Michael Sheedy says the bishops continue to call for an end of the use of the death penalty.

Florida Channel

Governor Rick Scott was sworn in for his second term Tuesday on the old steps of the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. After the swearing in of the Cabinet members and his Lieutenant Governor, Governor Scott took his oath of office for the second time.

Throughout his Inaugural address, Scott touched on education and the environment. But, at the center of his speech was the cornerstone of both of his gubernatorial campaigns: jobs.

Governor Rick Scott’s tightly scripted inaugural ceremony began with a heavy dose of scripture on Tuesday.

Scott was serenaded by church choirs and prayed for by clergy from across the state at an early morning prayer breakfast at Florida A&M University.

Pam Olsen, pastor of the International House of Prayer of Tallahassee, urged the public to ask that Scott receive divine guidance.

Olsen has never been shy about her beliefs. She and her supporters erected a nativity scene this year at the Florida Capitol.

Governor Scott Celebrates Second Inaugural

Jan 6, 2015
Florida Channel

Ceremonies are underway for the second term of Governor Rick Scott.

This morning hundreds of people attended a prayer breakfast for the state's top executive at Florida A&M University. Roads surrounding the capitol building have been blocked off and the Historic Capitol building has been decorated in advance of Scott's arrival.

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As a blanket of cold air moved in Monday, Tallahassee prepared for the pomp of another inaugural ceremony.

The swearing in of 62-year-old Gov. Rick Scott will make him only the second Republican to serve two terms since 1968.

Scott is expected to touch on familiar themes in his inaugural address, including increasing school funding, cutting taxes and expanding the job market.

Scott’s office released snippets of his remarks earlier in the day. He will taunt rival New York state, which recently surrendered its status as the nation’s third largest to Florida.

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A day after the applicant process was narrowed down, Governor Rick Scott has now chosen a new person to lead the Florida Department of Transportation.

Earlier this month, Ananth Prasad said he’d be leaving the job of FDOT Secretary. Ronald Howse, who leads the nine-member panel tasked with suggesting a successor to the Governor, says Prasad leaves big shoes to fill.

DJJ's website

Governor Rick Scott has made another interim agency head permanent, after officially naming Christy Daly head of the Florida’s juvenile justice system Thursday.

Daly is no stranger to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. She’s worked as a deputy Secretary under her predecessor, Wansley Walters, who stepped down in June.

She’s also been the chief of staff and legislative director for DJJ.

Florida Department of Health's website

Among Governor Rick Scott’s agency head reappointments is the chief of the state’s Health Department.

The Governor has tapped Dr. John Armstrong again as Florida’s Surgeon General and the Florida Department of Health’s Secretary.

Armstrong has been in the post since 2012. His predecessor, Dr. Frank Farmer, stepped down after about a year on the job, citing taking care of his wife who has breast cancer.

Florida Channel

Governor Rick Scott has chosen a new permanent leader for the Florida Department of Corrections. And, some are calling Scott’s fourth pick for prison chief “a good fit.”

On Wednesday, Scott announced Julie Jones, the former head of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, will lead the state’s troubled prison system.

APD website/AHCA website

Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of more agency heads Tuesday.

Following Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Scott spoke to reporters about the appointments—most of them returning from around the time Scott first took office.

MGN Online

A federal appeals court has thrown out a 2011 law requiring the drug testing of Florida welfare recipients. Governor Rick Scott has backed efforts to reinstate the mandate, despite multiple courts ruling against him.

Maria Kayanan represents the American Civil Liberties Union, who brought the original suit on behalf of a Navy vet and welfare applicant who refused to submit to a drug test. While she’s pleased with the ruling, she says she’s not surprised.

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Governor Rick Scott kicked off his “Jobs Jamboree” tour in Miami Monday, in lieu of traditional inaugural events.

Instead of an inaugural ball or parade, Scott decided to hold a series of informal barbecues and prayer breakfasts across the state, and he launched the tour Monday—also his 62nd birthday. In a video posted by the Florida GOP, Scott talks, of course, about jobs—a premiere point in his campaign.

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