Florida Gov. Rick Scott News

Florida Passes Expanded Medical Marijuana Legislation, Bill Heads to Governor

Florida’s contentious medical marijuana legislation is headed to Gov. Rick Scott. After 21/2 hours of debate on Monday, the Senate approved a House version of a bill (HB 307) that would expand the so-called “Right to Try” act, allowing medical …

Florida Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill Limiting Citizens’ Take-Out Letters

Florida legislators may try once again give additional protections to customers of Citizens Property Insurance. A Senate panel on Feb. 25 approved a bill that would put a limit on how many times a year a homeowner could be asked …

At Least 7 Tornadoes Hit Mississippi as Severe Storms Batter Region

A major storm system hit several Southeast states this week, bringing high winds and tornadoes to multiple regions and killing at least one person in Mississippi. Injuries and damage were also reported in Florida from an apparent tornado. The National …

Florida Declares Emergency After at Least 9 Reported Cases of Zika Virus

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a health emergency in four counties Wednesday after at least nine cases of the mosquito-borne Zika illness were detected in Florida. Health officials believe all of the cases are from people who contracted the disease …

Willis Opens ‘Operational Center of Excellence’ in Florida

Willis Group Holdings plc, the global risk advisory, re/insurance broking, and human capital and benefits firm, has opened its Operational Center of Excellence in Tampa, Fla. Establishing the Center is part of Willis’s strategy to enhance client service via a robust …

Florida Gov. Scott Agrees to Limit Drug Testing of State Employees

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s long running battle over whether the state could drug test state workers is finally coming to an end. Scott and the union that represents state workers have reached a settlement in the case that would result …

U.S. Dominates Climate Change Litigation

It’s almost counterintuitive if you think about it. There is far more litigation related to climate change in the U.S. compared with Europe, which is usually considered more progressive on the issue. For an example of how climate change can …

Florida Commissioner McCarty May Have Survived Scott’s Ouster Bid

Florida’s insurance commissioner appears to have survived in his appointed post for now as a move by the state’s newly re-elected governor to oust him has failed to win support of the other state officials needed to make the change. …

Florida Insurance Commissioner McCarty’s Reappointment in Doubt

Florida’s insurance regulator’s tenure could be coming to an end after more than a decade as the newly re-elected governor looks to shake up his administration by replacing the heads of state agencies. Rumors have been circulating that Insurance Commissioner …

Florida Gov. Scott Facing Rising Seas, Climate Change Politics

When Florida Governor Rick Scott won re-election Nov. 4, he triumphed over both his Democratic challenger and California billionaire Thomas Steyer, who spent $20 million painting him as a climate-change denier. Scott, a 61-year-old Republican who during the campaign deflected …