Gov. Rick Scott to make first State of the State speech tonight in Florida

Gov. Rick Scott, right speaks to Florida Associated Industries members about the upcoming legislative session that starts Tuesday in the Senate chamber on Monday, March 7, 2011, in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

Gov. Rick Scott, right speaks to Florida Associated Industries members about the upcoming legislative session that starts Tuesday in the Senate chamber on Monday, March 7, 2011, in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott will make his first State of the State speech, which will outline his priorities for this year's legislative session.

Scott will deliver the speech in the House chamber at 6 p.m. Tuesday before a joint session of the Florida Legislature, hours after the Legislature opens its 60-day session.

Expect the speech to focus heavily on job creation and cutting government spending.

Scott also wants to expand a privatization of Medicaid, protect businesses from lawsuits, overhaul Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and make create a system where teacher merit pay is based on student testing.

Return to naplesnews.com at 6 p.m. for a live video link to the annual speech, which will be streamed live on Scripps' ABC TV station in Tampa at abcactionnews.com.

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