Florida officials say Gov. Rick Scott should pay $700,000 records lawsuit settlement

The head of Florida’s main open-government organization said Wednesday Governor Rick Scott should personally pay the $700,000 settlement costs of a public records lawsuit, rather than letting taxpayers pick up the tab.

Scott agreed to a state-paid settlement after Internet giant Google was ordered to turn over relevant documents in a dispute with a Tallahassee attorney who accused the governor’s office of secretly using private emails for state business.”He’s playing fast and loose with our Constitution and we’re paying the cost, both literally and figuratively,” Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, said of Scott.  Continue>>>