The on-again, off-again MSNBC look at Santa Rosa County Correctional Institution is on again after Gov. Rick Scott signed off on a Department of Corrections plan to allow the network to film inside the prison for its series, reports the News Series of Florida. “Lockup.” Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger on Thursday confirmed that taping would proceed after Scott’s office signed off on the deal, which will net the state $110,000. “The governor’s office did not get to vet that contract before,” Plessinger said. “We certainly understand the governor’s concerns. They have vetted that contract now and given us the go ahead so we’ll be working to get that done. ” Confusion over the filming was among a number of missteps that appear to have led to Buss’s resignation Wednesday. Staffers for Scott said they were not told beforehand that the program was being taped. DOC Secretary Ed Buss went public, naming a list of staffers who he said had been informed of the contract.
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