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Scott's Office Researching How to Keep Prison Privatization Alive

Gov. Rick Scott says he will look into what his office can do to advance prison privatization this year, estimated to save the state $16.5 million a year, now that the effort to bid out the management of the correctional institutions has died in the Senate.

Im disappointed the Senate didnt do that; Im going to look at what I have the opportunity to do, Scott told reporters while at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Havana Thursday morning. "I'm going to make sure we don't waste money in the state."

Ten Republicans broke ranks Tuesday to help Democrats defeat the union-opposed plan to privatize correctional facilities in Central and South Florida.

The Senate voted 19-21 to defeat SB 2038, which would have allowed private companies to bid on running one or all-but-one of 26 correctional facilities. The bill included a provision prohibiting any single company from having a monopoly over all of the facilities.

More to come.

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