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Ashley Lopez lives in Miami, Fla. She covers reproductive rights and women's health issues for the Independent. She can be reached at ashley [at] floridaindependent [dot] com or on Twitter: @AshleyCalLopez.

Scott signs new funding for sexual assault services

By | 04.27.12 | 3:39 pm

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.

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

By | 04.27.12 | 11:29 am

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.

Scott honors director of rape crisis center after cutting her funding

By | 04.26.12 | 11:28 am

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

Federal judge rules that drug testing state workers is unconstitutional

By | 04.26.12 | 11:21 am

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.

VIDEO: Scott asked about vetoed rape crisis center funding

By | 04.25.12 | 3:30 pm

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.

Tampa rape crisis center issues open invitation to Gov. Scott

By | 04.25.12 | 10:05 am

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.

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

By | 04.24.12 | 3:32 pm

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.”

Poll: Voters say Super PACs make them less likely to vote

By | 04.24.12 | 12:23 pm

A new national poll released today by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law finds that many Americans “are less likely to vote because of Super PAC spending.”

Task force on babies born to prescription drug-addicted mothers meets today

By | 04.24.12 | 12:19 pm

At 2 p.m., Attorney General Pam Bondi will hold the first Statewide Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse and Newborns meeting with Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and others.

Scott spokesperson calls vetoed rape crisis center funding ‘duplicative’

By | 04.24.12 | 9:33 am

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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