Private Emails Show Gov. Scott Skirted Open Records Law

Nov 26, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott
Credit Governor Scott's Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Newly disclosed records are showing that Florida Gov. Rick Scott used a private email account to discuss state business.

The Scott administration turned over a batch of emails from a gmail account on Tuesday three months after the Associated Press first asked for them.

Most of the emails appear to be from 2011 and 2012. It is not a violation of law to have a private email account, but it would be a violation if someone asked for emails and the governor's office failed to turn them over.

Scott himself this past August said that he used the account to communicate with his family.

A spokesman for Scott said Tuesday there were "occasions" where the governor failed to forward messages concerning state business to his state account.