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Scott Authorizes $10M More For Zika Response

Gov. Rick Scott meets with education leaders to discuss mosquito control and Zika.
Gov. Rick Scott meets with education leaders to discuss mosquito control and Zika.

Florida's governor is authorizing an additional $10 million in state funds for Zika response.

According to a statement Friday from Gov. Rick Scott's office, the money will go to mosquito control, enhanced laboratory capacity and Zika kits from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Scott used his emergency powers in June to authorize $26.2 million for Zika response. He met with top Republicans this week on Zika funding from Washington, but he said Friday that Florida "cannot wait on federal action any longer."

Congressional aides told The Associated Press on Thursday that an impasse over Zika funding for clinics affiliated with Planned Parenthood was nearing an end, but the measure won't be unveiled until next week.

Scott was in Fort Myers to discuss the state's latest unemployment figures.

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