Rick Scott’s Ignorance of the Sunshine Laws Cost Taxpayers $343,000

From an editorial in the Lakeland Ledger, 6/30/2015:

Last week, Scott and the Cabinet — which includes Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — agreed to settle a lawsuit that alleged they had skirted state open-government laws in the firing of Gerald Bailey, former commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The cost to taxpayers certainly is a cause for concern, when we’ve shelled out $343,000 so far on this pair of lawsuits, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars for the governor’s pointless legal jousting in other matters. While the reforms are welcome, most troublesome here is the damage Scott has done to his own credibility and that of his office. The watchdogs are exhausted in trying to keep up, and the governor still has almost 90 percent of his second term ahead of him.

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