Governor Rick Scott

Health Care Transparency Effort Lags

Sep 26, 2018
Miami Herald

With just months left in his term, one of Gov. Rick Scott’s key health-care initiatives remains in limbo.

Scott convinced legislators to set aside $3.5 million to create a new website and to create a claims database that would allow Floridians to shop around when it comes to health care. But with Scott ready to leave the governor’s office in January, the health-care price information still isn’t available to Florida consumers.

And it’s not clear when it will be.

The Florida Phoenix

The Everglades Foundation is kicking off a campaign to include the Everglades Reservoir in this year’s federal Water Resources Development Act bill. The reservoir is designed to move water away from Lake Okeechobee and reduce the spread of the discharge causing the toxic algae blooms on both coasts. The announcement comes days after Governor Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency as a result of the toxic algae blooms. Dr. Steven Davis is the chief ecologist at the Everglades Foundation. He joined Sundial to discuss the dangers of toxic algae. 


Tom Hudson

A Miami-based rapper. A second-tier English soccer club and a sports car racing team.

 

What ties them together is Visit Florida, the state group that markets Florida to tourists across the country and across the globe. What also ties these three together is they provided the ammunition for opponents of using taxpayer money to promote tourism.

 

Miami Herald

Jeff Atwater, chief financial officer for the state of Florida, is leaving his post to join Florida Atlantic University's administration.

Atwater will take a post as FAU's vice president for strategic initiatives and chief financial officer.  In his new role, Atwater will manage the university's budget and lead the university’s strategic initiatives and economic development opportunities.

Atwater will leave his role with the state of Florida at the end of the 2017 legislative session in April. He was reelected to a four-year term as CFO in 2014.

Gov. Rick Scott Asks CDC For More Zika Protection Kits

Aug 5, 2016
Happi / WLRN

Governor Rick Scott and members of Florida’s legislature had a Zika-related conference call Friday afternoon. Scott called to discuss the state’s level of preparedness to handle the impacts from the virus’s ripple effects.

 

With more than 400 cases in Florida alone, and locally-contracted cases in Miami’s Wynwood area, Scott met with the head of the Center For Disease Control in Miami Thursday.

 

“I asked for 10,000 Zika protection kits and for whatever they can do to support,” he said.

 

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Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed 34 bills into law, including a measure that will require standards for the use of police body cameras and a plan that could lead to revamping dental care in the Medicaid program.

The body-camera bill (HB 93) was a priority of many Democratic lawmakers and came after a series of highly publicized confrontations across the country between police and members of the public.

Miami Herald

The 2016 Florida legislative session was a much more conciliatory affair -- compared to last year's session that ended early and went to extra sessions. On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott signed the $82.3 billion budget. He stuck to his earlier announcement of 256-million-dollars in line-item vetoes.

 Why the governor announced so early what he was going to veto.

Jim Wyss / Miami Herald

In response to the Paris attacks one week ago, Florida Gov. Rick Scott joined more than half of the nations governors who called for "extensive" screening of Syrian migrants entering the United States.

One of the attackers who carried out the terrorist attacks in Paris that left more than 120 people dead appeared to be using a fake Syrian passport.

Spring Training Facility Coming To West Palm Beach

Jul 7, 2015
HKS Sports & Entertainment Group

Governor Scott was in West Palm Beach Monday morning to sign a deal to keep baseball spring training in South Florida.

Florida has been fighting increased competition from Arizona as the preferred destination for Major League Baseball spring training, a big tourist draw for sports fans.

Governor Rick Scott signed into law a land swap between the city of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County, removing the last obstacle to the construction of a $135 million spring training facility for two Major League baseball teams.

Extra Ketchup

Technical problems this week delayed testing in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Testing didn't resume until three days later on Thursday.

The Florida Senate moved forward with a bill to limit testing.

Gov. Rick Scott gave an upbeat State of the State address in the midst of a challenging start to his administration's second term.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties' legislative delegations take their priority measures to Tallahassee.

The Miami International Film Festival kicks off today.

Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel

On the brink of this year's legislative session, Governor Rick Scott is dealing with a big thorn. Scott replaced former head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Gerald Bailey, saying Bailey left voluntarily.

Bailey says that's a lie. 

When Governor Scott's lawyer told Bailey to retire, Bailey did pack up his stuff and leave. A few days later, Scott said Bailey resigned. Bailey said that wasn't true and called the governor a liar in the public square. Things rapidly went down from there.

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Six weeks after President Barack Obama announced efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, former Cuba leader Fidel Castro writes a letter of reserved-approval for the plan.

Cuba President Raul Castro said this week that relations with the United States can only be rehabilitated if  the U.S. returns Guantanamo Bay to the island and the embargo is lifted.