Unlocked: Rick Scott moves open government office

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The administration of Gov. Rick Scott is moving the Office of Open Government to a place where members of the public can still reach it.

Jackie Schutz, a spokeswoman for Scott, said the office will be relocated to the 16th floor of the state Capitol building from its current location near Scott’s executive offices.

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that renovations had placed the open government office behind a locked door that is accessible by employees only. The Office of Open Government is supposed to respond to public records requests.

Florida taxpayers paid nearly $153,000 for renovations to the reception area outside of Scott’s office. State officials say the changes, which include placing bulletproof material in the reception desk, were prompted by security concerns.