• WFTV questions Gov. Scott about regional expressway authority bill


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott has yet to make a major decision about who will control millions in drivers' toll money.

    Scott must decide whether to sign a bill that would create a regional expressway authority and eliminate the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority.

    Channel 9's Jorge Estevez sat down with Scott on Wednesday and he said he's well aware of problems with the existing OOCEA board. 

    "When I receive the bill I will review it and make a decision at that time," Scott said.

    Its been two weeks since the Florida House and Senate passed the regional expressway authority legislation, but there's been no action from the governor.

    Scott knows the history behind the OOCEA. He recently suspended board member Scott Batterson after he was indicted on bribery and unlawful compensation charges.

    "When the one individual was indicted I immediately suspended him. We have to hold everybody accountable," Scott said.

    But the governor wouldn't say whether he regrets appointing Batterson in the first place. WFTV obtained emails in which, based on Batterson's suspected conflicts of interest, Florida voters questioned his decision.

    Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said Wednesday a new board is a necessary fresh start.

    "I think it's the only way to rebuild the public trust," Jacobs said.

    The new bill would create a larger board with nine representatives, including some from Orange, Lake and Seminole counties. Scott said he hasn't had time to review the bill.

    "They generally pass 250 to 300 bills a year. As I receive the bills, I read them and review them and make a decision," Scott said.

    Once the bill reaches Scott's desk, he has 15 days to sign it or veto it, or it would become law without his signature.

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