Florida Supreme Court won’t take up blind trust case

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The Florida Supreme Court is refusing to take up a challenge to a year-old state law that allows elected officials to place their assets in a blind trust instead of reporting each investment publicly.

Justices unanimously ruled on Wednesday to transfer the lawsuit down to a lower court.

Earlier this month the high court was asked to decide whether using a blind trust goes against the “Sunshine Amendment” that was adopted by the state’s voters in 1976. The amendment marked the first time Florida officials were required to disclose their finances.

Gov. Rick Scott is the only state official who has chosen to place his finances in a blind trust in an effort to avoid potential conflicts.

Scott’s re-election campaign has said he will comply with whatever the court decides.

Reprinted with permission from the Associated Press.