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Rick Scott to appeal denial of federal emergency funds for Orlando massacre

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Gov. Rick Scott is planning to appeal the denial of his request for the declaration of a federal state of emergency in the wake of the Orlando nightclub mass shooting.

Scott doesn’t understand why the request was denied, representative Jackie Schutz told The Associated Press, especially since an emergency was declared after the Boston Marathon bombing.

The Governor has 30 days to appeal the decision, Schutz said.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency argue that the disaster fund is not appropriate for such a request. They added that other state governors where there were mass shootings did not require similar aid.

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