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Florida Gov. Rick Scott extends in-state tuition to undocumented students

By Letitia Stein (Reuters) – Florida children whose parents came to the United States illegally can qualify for in-state college tuition rates under a bill that Governor Rick Scott signed into law on Monday. The new law applies to undocumented students who attended a Florida school for at least three…

Florida lawmakers approve plan to add two nuclear reactors to Miami plant

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott and members of the Cabinet on Tuesday approved plans by the state’s largest electric company to add two nuclear reactors to a plant in the Miami area, despite an outcry by environmentalists and some surrounding communities. Florida Power &…

Supreme Court will not hear FL Gov. Rick Scott’s appeal on drug tests for welfare recipients

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an executive order issued by Florida Governor Rick Scott that had required all state employees take random drug tests. The high court’s decision not to hear the case means a May 2013 11th U.S. Circuit Court…

Charlie Crist blames Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Medicaid policy for ‘six deaths a day’

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) said in an interview on Friday that the state’s current Tea Party Gov. Rick Scott (R) is to blame for the deaths of six Floridians every day due to his refusal to expand Medicaid. Talking Points Memo reported that Crist, a former Republican, was…

Florida Dem. calls Rick Scott ‘Governor Loco’ over Obamacare block

The head of the Miami-Dade chapter of the Democratic Party ripped Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) in an interview with MSNBC host Ed Schultz on Friday, blaming Scott for his administration’s latest move against the Affordable Care Act. “Earlier you were saying that elections have consequences,” Annette Taddeo told Schultz.…

Student activists holding sit-in at Florida Gov. Scott’s office over Zimmerman verdict

Members of a student activist group remained inside the Florida state Capitol Wednesday afternoon, determined to wait until they can ask Gov. Rick Scott (R) in person to revisit several state laws they say endanger youth of color around the state. Ciara Taylor, political director for the Dream Defenders, told…

Florida bill designed to fight gambling scandal could cost state thousands of jobs

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill into law on Wednesday imposing new restriction on online gambling parlors in the state that could leave thousands unemployed, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The measure, House Bill 155, was passed by the state Senate on April 4 by a 36-4 vote, following…

‘Daily Show’ asks Gov. Rick Scott to take drug test

On Thursday night’s The Daily Show, correspondent Aasif Mandvi traveled to Orlando, Florida to meet Louis Lebron, a Navy veteran on public assistance who refuses to submit to a state-ordered drug test. Florida’s state legislature, led by Governor Rick Scott, mandated that all recipients of welfare should be tested for…

Daily Show reporter gets ‘urine’ sample from Fla. attorney general

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi apparently saw what happened to Florida Gov. Rick Scott and decided to prepare herself. “You supported the TANF drug test bill and I am just wondering if today you would be willing to undergo a drug test of your own as somebody who receives taxpayer…

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