From CBSMiami/AP, 9/12/2015:
Gov. Rick Scott’s administration is coming under fire from two telecommunications companies who have filed a new lawsuit claiming the administration is flouting the state’s public records law.
The lawsuit is an outgrowth of a dispute over a nearly $400 million state contract the Scott administration recently awarded to a subsidiary of Florida-based Harris Corp.
AT&T and a contractor working with them allege in the lawsuit filed late Thursday that the state agency handling the contract is refusing to turn over emails and documents provided to the state by the winning bidder. Instead, the Department of Management Services turned over heavily redacted documents that asserted much of the information was confidential trade secrets.
“They’ve been uncooperative and have left us no choice but to seek help from the court,” Richter said.