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Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014 11:51 am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is touting his opposition to any changes to the state's sentencing laws.

Scott is planning to do a campaign swing through the state this week where he will highlight law-enforcement and public safety proposals. The tour will start in Monday in Tampa and will also include stops in Miami and Orlando.

Scott says that if he is re-elected he will continue to oppose any change to a state law that requires prisoners to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence. Scott vetoed a bill in 2012 that would have cut sentences for non-violent criminals and placed them in drug treatment programs.

The Republican incumbent is also promising to make continued changes to the state's juvenile justice system although he is not advocating any specifics.

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