Senate Prez says Gov. Scott has never contacted him about in-state tuition bill

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Talk about a failure of leadership…

In response to Governor Rick Scott and former Governors Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez releasing a statement calling on legislators to pass a tuition break to undocumented students, Senate President Don Gaetz’s office says it has not been lobbied by Scott’s office on SB 1400.

“Neither Governor Scott nor any former Florida Governor has ever contacted President Gaetz about this issue,” reads a statement from the Senate President’s office.

Gaetz also doubled-down on position that he won’t do anything to help SB 1400.

“Senators unanimously approved the Senate Rules that govern bills not heard in Senate Committees,” reads the statement from Gaetz’s office, referring to the need for a 2/3 vote of the body to waive the rules and bring the bill to the floor. “The President will follow the Senate Rules.

Maybe Charlie Crist is right when he says, ““It’s just sad that Rick Scott’s failed leadership means that some of our state’s best and brightest immigrants may still be denied access to in-state tuition.”

After all, Scott can’t get this bill passed, nor could he get Medicaid expansion through the Legislature.

The push from Scott comes a day after a key Republican state senator used a procedural move to block the legislation from being heard next week in a Senate committee.

Sen. Joe Negron of Stuart said the break should only go to students who are U.S. citizens and Florida residents.

But Scott said students who have spent their childhood in Florida deserve the same rate as their “peers and classmates do.”

Material from the Associated Press’ Gary Fineout was used in this post.

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