Scott backs Trump, tourism and business groups in State of State

Gov. Rick Scott

Florida Gov. Rick Scott expressed his happiness that Donald Trump was elected president and backed a pair of controversial tourism and business agencies in his State of the State address Tuesday.

Speaking to a joint meeting of the state House of Representatives and Senate at the opening of this year’s legislative session, Scott made no mention of the opioid and heroin epidemic that has ravaged families in Palm Beach County and throughout the state.

Palm Beach County officials said they were pleased by aspects of the governor’s speech but were disappointed he did not mention the opioid epidemic.

The governor’s support for Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida puts him on a collision course with some state legislators, who have criticized those agencies as havens of waste and corporate welfare.

Check with http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com later today for more on this story.

We made this gif to help explain Senate redistricting proposals

The Florida Legislature is in a special session right now to redraw maps for the state’s Senate districts.

But what does that mean to you?

Last week, Post reporter John Kennedy broke down the four Senate districts in Palm Beach County and how they could be affected by the proposals. (See links below.)

We made this gif to show the current South Florida Senate districts, and the six proposals now being considered by lawmakers:

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As you can see, Palm Beach County would go from having four Senate districts to three under all six proposals.

You can review PDFs of the full state proposals here.

Check out John Kennedy’s special session preview here and blog posts:

• For Abruzzo’s Senate seat, redistricting may mean, go west
• Redistricting may anchor nomadic Sachs deeper in Palm Beach County
• Redrawing Senate districts unlikely to disrupt Palm Beach County’s central seat
• When lawmakers redraw Senate districts, Negron might exit Palm Beach County