Rick Scott: In His Own Words

By Dara Kam

Gov. Rick Scott answered five questions from reporters today at the Governor’s Hurricane Conference in Orlando. The Q-and-A lasted 2 minutes and 25 seconds, not including Scott’s intro.

How are we better prepared?
RS: Well, we have a very good emergency management team. These hurricane conferences, the governor’s hurricane conference, helps make sure that we do the right things. We learn from every disaster. So that’s a positive. We’ve built a good relationship with FEMA. But the real key is you. So the key is are you going to get prepared. Are you going to make sure that you’ve got food and water, three days of food and water. Are you going to have a first aid kit. Are you going to have flashlights. Are you going to make sure you follow the weather. All of these things are going to be important.

You’ve got a decision to make on the Charlotte’s Web bill. Have you had a chance to read the bill yet? And if you haven’t made a decision yet, just tell me about your thought processes about whether or not to sign that one.
RS: Well, as a parent and a grandparent, I always worry about any family making sure that if they’re suffering from something to make sure that they get the health care they need. So my goal in that is to make sure it’s safe for children. If I don’t sign that bill, I worry about all these children making sure they get the health care they need.

Can you give us an update on the gaming compact negotiations?

RS: Sure. We’re going to take the right amount of time. The Seminole compact expires next year. We’re going to take the right amount of time, make sure we get the right deal for the taxpayers of the state, and that’s what we’re going to do.

Do you plan on signing the hit-and-run bill?
When the bill hits my desk, I’ll review it.

(Last one, guys)
A pretty impassioned plea at the trooper’s funeral on the speed limit bill. Have you made a decision on that one?
RS: First of all, what a great guy. You’re heart goes out to that family, to Chelsea Richard. That’s our 21st, I think, law enforcement that died in the line of duty by car accidents and 16 in violent acts. But there was one of the troopers got up to talk about Chelsea. He was supposed to read a poem, and talked about his concern about speed limits. So I’ll review that bill but…what a…what a…He cared. You know, you could tell he cared. And Trooper Richard’s family, what a wonderful family. We need to really thank our law enforcement. They show up all the time in tough situations. We’ve lost some law enforcement here, right here in the Orlando area. Two this year, and your heart goes out to them.
Thanks everybody.

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