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ACLU to Gov. Scott: expect more lawsuits

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Governor Rick Scott should brace for more lawsuits.

That's the word from the ACLU. It has already sued the state of Florida 11 times since Gov. Scott took office, and today it predicted more legal action.

The ACLU released a seven page report on Thursday, evaluating Scott's first two years in office. It says the governor has broken his oath to protect and defend the constitution multiple times.

The ACLU sued four times during those first two years, over voting rights issues. Two times, the civil liberties group received victories on Scott's drug testing policies -- once for state workers, the other for welfare recipients.

The ACLU also won an injunction on behalf of doctors, after Scott signed a bill banning physicians from asking patients if they own guns.

"The law is clearly not on the governor's side," said Howard Simon, of the ACLU of Florida. "I think maybe what he's thinking about is gambling, that by the time these cases get to the U.S. Supreme Court he might have an opportunity to change what the constitution has meant."

The Republic Party of Florida released a statement this afternoon in response to the report. They say the ACLU has a history of "stretching the truth" to attack the governor and called the lawsuits "frivolous."

Of the 11 suits, one was dismissed, the ACLU lost one outright, and four are still active.

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