Sunshine Law violation charges dropped against Chris Dorworth’s girlfriend, Rebekah Hammond

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Prosecutors in Orlando have dropped a misdemeanor charge of violating public meeting law against a former official with the Florida Department of Transportation.

Prosecutors said Wednesday they have dropped the charge against former public affairs worker Rebekah Hammond, and she will now be available to testify against the two remaining defendants.

Former Florida House member Chris Dorworth and former Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority board member Scott Batterson still each face a misdemeanor charge of violating public meetings law.

They are all accused of participating in meetings and communicating through third parties information related to business before the expressway board.

Batterson also faces a bribery-related charge.

Both are pleading not guilty.

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