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Bill Day’s latest: Rick Scott’s lawsuits put Floridians on the hook

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Gov. Rick Scott, in a precedent-setting move, became the first sitting governor in history successfully sued for violating Florida’s public records laws. In Bill Day’s latest, Floridians are now on the hook for at least $700,000. Tallahassee attorney Steven Andrews first filed a lawsuit against Scott in 2012 over violating a contract for the purchase of a building near the Governor’s Mansion, which housed Andrews’ firm. In obtaining emails related to the case, Andrews discovered evidence that the governor and…

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Gov. Rick Scott defends payout in records lawsuit

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Gov. Rick Scott is defending the use of taxpayer money to pay a hefty legal settlement, but there are questions about whether his administration was transparent in how it got the money. State officials last week paid $700,000 to Tallahassee attorney Steven Andrews to settle seven lawsuits. The lawsuits contended that Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and other officials flouted Florida’s public records law. The settlement is believed to be one of the larger payments ever approved in an open…

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Rick Scott got ‘bad advice’ on open gov’t law, lawyer says

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A Tallahassee attorney says Florida Gov. Rick Scott was a “novice politician” who got “bad advice” that led him to ignore the state’s public records law. State officials on Friday paid $700,000 to Steven Andrews to settle seven lawsuits that contended that Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and other officials flouted Florida’s public records law. It’s believed to be one of the larger payments ever approved in an open government case in Florida. Andrews and other officials finalized the deal…

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Florida to spend $700,000 to settle public records lawsuits

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Florida is paying $700,000 to settle allegations that Gov. Rick Scott and other state officials flouted the state’s public records laws. The state agreed this week to pay that amount to Tallahassee attorney Steven Andrews. Andrews sued the governor and other top state officials back in 2013. He alleged the Scott administration failed to turn over calendars and emails and text messages. Jackie Schutz, a spokeswoman for Scott, said “it was the right thing to do for the state.” The…

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