Florida Gov. Rick Scott News

Court Sides with Florida Nursing Homes in Emergency Generator Battle With Gov

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s push to force nursing homes to add generators in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma could be blocked after a judge ruled there was no pressing danger that justifies the order. Scott called for the rules after …

Court Sides with Florida Gov in Battle Over Nursing Home Generators

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has won the first round in a legal tug-of-war over his mandate that nursing homes and assisted living facilities install generators. The 1st District Court of Appeal on Thursday rejected a legal challenge to emergency rules …

12th Nursing Home Resident Dies After Hurricane Irma-Related AC Outage

A 12th patient has died after being taken from an overheated Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning during Hurricane Irma, officials confirmed on Friday. Dolores Biamonte, 57, died Thursday night, according to a statement from the Broward County …

Scott Issues Emergency Order to Florida Nursing Homes After 11 Patient Deaths

After 11 nursing home residents died in the sweltering heat of hurricane-induced power outages, Florida’s nursing home industry is now on a collision course with Gov. Rick Scott. Days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the state, Scott used his emergency powers …

New Florida CFO Patronis Officially Takes Over

Florida’s new chief financial officer is officially on the job. Flanked by family and friends, Jimmy Patronis was sworn in June 30 during a brief ceremony held in the office of Gov. Rick Scott. The Republican governor picked the former …

Scott Picks Public Service Commissioner Patronis as New Florida CFO

Gov. Rick Scott has tapped Jimmy Patronis, a member of the Florida Public Service Commission and a former Florida State Representative, as Florida’s next chief financial officer, according to a statement from the governor’s office. “I am honored to appoint …

Florida to Require 2-Day Public Notification of Pollution Spills

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is poised to sign a bill that will require the public to receive notification of pollution spills within two days of discovery. The Florida Legislature passed a bill (SB 532) Wednesday that requires polluters to notify …

Residents in Southwest Florida Evacuated as Brush Fires Spread

Brush fires are threatening more than 2,000 homes in southwest Florida, and the Florida National Guard is helping to evacuate residents. Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement Friday that he deployed the guard and five UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to …

Florida Gov Declares Emergency As More Than 100 Wildfires Burn Across State

The Florida Forest Service says more than 100 active wildfires are burning across the state right now. The Tampa Bay Times reports 25 of them are scorching more than 100 acres each. Since February, wildfires have swept across 68,000 acres …

Florida Continues Aggressive Efforts to Stop Zika

Florida officials say they’re continuing aggressive efforts to stop the spread of the Zika virus. Gov. Rick Scott met Monday with Miami-Dade County officials to discuss Zika preparedness ahead of Florida’s rainy season, when mosquitoes are most prevalent. Officials said …