Author Archives: Ashley Lopez

Scott signs new funding for sexual assault services

Gov. Rick Scott signed new legislation today that will allocate $1.5 million to pay for relocation services for women who are victims of sexual battery. The bill’s signing comes in the wake of criticism of the governor over his veto of $1.5 million for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, a group that was going to pass along that funding to 30 rape crisis centers across the state.

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Lawmaker says Scott’s rape crisis center funding veto highlights his ‘lack of understanding’

State Rep. Lori Berman, D-Delray Beach, released a statement today expressing “deep disappointment in Governor Scott’s decision to veto $1.5 million in funding for the 30 certified rape crisis centers serviced by the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence.”

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Scott cuts funding for rape crisis centers during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

On April 17, smack in the middle of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $1.5 million for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. The Legislature allotted the funds to the organization in order to support 30 rape crisis centers as they face impending reductions in collections, which currently is the bulk of their budgets.

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Scott says he gave each health care project in the budget ‘equal and fair consideration’

Of the more then $142 million that Gov. Rick Scott vetoed from the already tight $70 billion budget yesterday, more than $38 million came in cuts to health care services. The Florida Current reports that Scott stands by eliminating the projects because they “weren’t a good use of taxpayers’ money and did not serve a statewide need.”

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