Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation today, as expected, that provides $300 million over the next five years to help three Florida cancer centers improve their national standing.
House Bill 5203 represents one of Scott's legislative priorities in this re-election year; cancer center funding is one of those issues that voters would find scant reason to bemoan.
"This legislation will better equip our cancer centers with the tools they need to expand cancer research and care for patients and their loved ones," Scott said in a statement announcing the bill signing. "We remain committed to making Florida the best in the nation for research and to providing all families with access to world class treatment."
Scott office has announced no plans for a public event to commemorate the bill signing, though we had heard the possibility of an appearance at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa in the coming days to talk up the issue.
Moffitt will share the money with the University of Florida's Cancer Center and University of Miami's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.