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Updated: No meeting scheduled between Rick Scott, black caucus

UPDATE: Jackie Schutz, spokesperson for Gov. Rick Scott confirmed Wednesday that members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus did request a meeting with the governor via phone.

Staff in Scott's office asked for additional information on the meeting request via email, she said, and they didn't hear a response.

EARLIER: The first day of the legislative session is over, and Gov. Rick Scott hasn't yet met with members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus to discuss issues they say are important to minority communities across the state.

Caucus chair Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Cutler Bay, says the caucus has been waiting almost two months for a sit-down with the governor. But Scott's office says they can't find a record of a meeting ever being requested.

"We've reached out to his office, we've tried to get on his calendar since back in January when we released our proposals as a caucus on issues that are of critical concern to our community," Bullard said. "For whatever reason, we have not heard a response back."

Scott spokesperson Jackie Schutz said Tuesday that she couldn't find a request for a meeting with the caucus but that the governor was eager to sit down with members and discuss their goals for the session.

"The governor would like to meet with them, and we're going to reach out to set something up," Schutz said.

On the agenda will likely be issues that "really aren't things that he should wrestle with," said Bullard.

Among the caucus' priorities this session are accountability for law enforcement and the Department of Corrections, as well as creating jobs and spurring economic growth in minority communities. Bullard said this is particularly important in areas where unemployment hasn't decreased, despite the statewide average declining drastically since Scott first took office four years ago.

"We just want him to delve into the specifics," Bullard said, "and how it's going to impact our community."

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