Gov. Scott Got Most Of What He Wanted During Legislative Session

CBS Miami

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Now that the dust has settled on the most recent legislative session, Florida Gov. Rick Scott should feel good about the things he wanted to accomplish.

In the end he got most of them — but it didn’t come easy.

The Republican governor needed horse-trading and thinly-veiled veto threats in the final days before the Republican-controlled Legislature delivered. And it’s a sign that Scott may continue to have a rough road as he heads into a crucial re-election year, even with members of his own party.

The former health care executive turned politician was unable to convince House Speaker Will Weatherford and House Republicans to accept billions in federal aid to cover roughly 1 million uninsured Floridians despite his insistence it was the “right thing to do.”

Still the session end on Friday brought smiles between Scott and the two legislative leaders.

The governor and top lawmakers…

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