Ashley Lopez

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Date registered: April 28, 2011
URL: http://floridaindependent.com

Latest posts

  1. Scott signs new funding for sexual assault services — April 27, 2012
  2. TV stations around the state highlight loss of funding for local rape crisis centers — April 27, 2012
  3. Scott honors director of rape crisis center after cutting her funding — April 26, 2012
  4. Federal judge rules that drug testing state workers is unconstitutional — April 26, 2012
  5. VIDEO: Scott asked about vetoed rape crisis center funding — April 25, 2012

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Apr
27

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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Apr
27

TV stations around the state highlight loss of funding for local rape crisis centers

This week, in one of my last stories here at The Florida Independent, I wrote about Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to veto $1.5 million from the state’s $70 billion budget during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The money would have gone to rape crisis centers around the state.

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Apr
26

Scott honors director of rape crisis center after cutting her funding

Timing has not been on Gov. Rick Scott’s side lately.

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Apr
26

Federal judge rules that drug testing state workers is unconstitutional

A federal judge in Miami ruled today that Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order mandating that all state workers be randomly drug tested violates the Fourth Amendment rights of people employed by the state.

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Apr
25

VIDEO: Scott asked about vetoed rape crisis center funding

After The Florida Independent broke news on Monday that Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $1.5 million for Florida rape crisis centers during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the governor began discussing the elimination today — and he is fumbling his words.

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Apr
25

Tampa rape crisis center issues open invitation to Gov. Scott

In response to Gov. Rick Scott’s line item veto stripping funding for 30 rape crisis centers around the state, a Tampa Bay center issued an open invitation to Scott yesterday.

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Apr
24

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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Apr
24

Scott spokesperson calls vetoed rape crisis center funding ‘duplicative’

Gov. Rick Scott’s office is claiming that the funding he vetoed for rape crisis centers was “duplicative” and that “nobody was able to make it clear to [the governor] why rape crisis centers needed the new funding.”

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Apr
23

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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Apr
20

Fla. senator: Scott budget veto ‘allows poor black farmworkers to die’

State Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, says he is “shocked and surprised” that Gov. Rick Scott cut funding for a community health center in Apopka that would have gone toward providing specialized care to a community of farmworkers facing serious illnesses due to pesticide use.

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Apr
18

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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Apr
18

Scott approves funding for breast and cervical cancer detection program

Yesterday, Gov. Rick Scott signed the state’s $70 billion while vetoing $142.7 million line-items. While some health care items were eliminated, one budget line that funds a breast and cervical cancer detection program survived the round of cuts.

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Apr
17

Scott signs budget, vetoes $142 million

Gov. Rick Scott signed the state’s $70 billion budget at a ceremony held in Cunningham Creek Elementary School in St. Johns County at noon today. The governor vetoed $142.7 million in line-items, including money for specialized health programs.

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Apr
13

Bill reorganizing state health department presented to Scott

A bill that critics say will weaken Florida’s health department was presented to Gov. Rick Scott today.

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Apr
13

Tax Watch announces budget line-item veto recommendations

Florida Tax Watch, a nonprofit critical of government spending, today released its list of recommendations of programs and spending it believes Gov. Rick Scott should veto in the state’s $70 billion budget.

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Apr
12

School districts heed warnings about school prayer law

Many Florida school districts are, so far, listening to warnings from civil rights groups that adopting policies allowing for prayer at any school event will land them in court.

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Apr
09

Scott signs ‘historic’ anti-shackling bill for incarcerated pregnant women

Late last Friday, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill championed by women’s health advocates that establishes humane and uniform rules for the treatment of pregnant women who are incarcerated in any prison, jail or detention center in Florida.

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