Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott today announced a plan to give all state law enforcement officers a 5 percent pay increase.  It would be for state troopers, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is traveling to New York on Thursday to meet face to face with President-elect Donald Trump.

Scott has already spoken to Trump three times since election day, but the meeting on Thursday will give the governor a chance to congratulate him on his victory in person and offer his help to “reinvent the federal government,” Scott’s spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said.

Scott earlier this week praised having Trump in the White House and noted the two have known each other for 20 years.

Trump Election Boosts Scott, Bondi

Nov 10, 2016

Two of Florida's top Republican leaders are immediate political beneficiaries of Donald Trump's surprising but decisive presidential victory Tuesday.

Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi never embraced the favorite-son presidential candidacies of former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen Marco Rubio. That put Scott and Bondi at odds with the majority of Florida's GOP establishment.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has two goals when it comes to releasing information on locally transmitted cases of Zika. Make the information "accurate" and make it "timely."

 

Scott's reiterated this message, using these exact words, numerous times at press conferences over the past week.

 

Gov. Rick Scott is going to become national chairman of a super PAC that is backing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi are going to speak at the Republican National Convention.

For anyone wanting to help victims of the Orlando night club shooting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has activated a state disaster fund to take donations.

Start of Hurricane Season Brings Gov. Scott To Hialeah

Jun 1, 2016

There was a lot of knocking on wood for good luck when Governor Rick Scott visited the Hialeah Emergency Operations Center (EOC). He was reminding Floridians June 1 marks the start of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season.

Scott was quick to ask residents to prepare supplies now, in case of a major storm hitting South Florida later.

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Gov. Rick Scott on Friday approved a sweeping measure that will tighten restrictions on Florida abortion clinics to the point that some say they will be forced to close.

Spokeswomen for Planned Parenthood, which will lose funding under the bill (HB 1411), called the measure "dangerous" and "cruel."

But supporters, including Pam Olsen of the International House of Prayer, hailed the new law.

"It's good news on Good Friday," said Olsen, who is frequently involved in issues at the Capitol.

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Gov. Rick Scott signed 34 bills into law Thursday, including a slungshot bill and another requiring law enforcement agencies that use body cameras to follow specific guidelines, in relation to the shooting death of Corey Jones last October by a plainclothes police officer who was not wearing a body camera.

HB 4009 allows  individual sto carry  slungshots in their pockets without  concealed weapons permits.

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A climate change litmus test has been circulating around Tallahassee. The man behind the test wants to get lawmakers and other state leaders on the record about their feelings regarding climate change and the risk to Florida.

In a sign of increased harmony in the Florida Legislature, top priorities for the leaders of each house - a water bill pushed by House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and a package on education aid for the disabled pushed by Senate President Andy Gardiner - received quick final passage in the House Thursday.

Gov. Rick Scott kicked off the 2016 Florida legislative session Tuesday morning with his annual State of the State address. This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 17 7:30 a.m.), we will bring you highlights of Scott’s address, along with part of the Democratic response.

Gov. Rick Scott gave a State of the State speech on Tuesday that was focused almost entirely on creating jobs and cutting taxes, boasting that Florida has added more than a million jobs since he took office.

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Florida has surpassed the 20 million population mark while growing faster than California.

The Sunshine State, adding more than 1,000 people a day, is nearly up a half-million people on New York, which it surpassed a year ago to become the third most-populous state, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Tuesday.

Florida, with an estimated 20,271,272 residents as of July 1, is also growing faster than a year earlier, when 803 people a day were being added to the state's head count.

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