Gov. Rick Scott will “gladly comply” with any changes in rules governing public officials and blind trusts, even as the Florida Supreme Court takes up the challenge to laws regarding financial disclosures of those types of accounts. As a multimillionaire, the governor put his assets in a blind trust before taking office.
A lawsuit filed Wednesday contests the 2013 law allowing blind trusts for public officials, arguing that the law violates Florida’s open-government Sunshine Laws.
In a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, Scott campaign manager Melissa Sellers made it clear that the governor will comply with disclosure rules on individual investments if the lawsuit is successful and blind trusts are barred.
“If the courts believe the trust should be dissolved, all assets will be disclosed in accordance with the law for qualifying,” the letter goes.
Sellers added the blind trust trustee “has made all choices about what assets are purchased, sold or owned by the trust. In sum, whatever the rules are, the governor will gladly comply with them.”
The state has a noon Monday deadline to respond to the Supreme Court on the lawsuit, filed by Jim Apthorp, former chief of staff for the late Gov. Reubin Askew.