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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.

floridasupremecourt.org / Florida Supreme Court

Open government advocates are asking “What Would Askew Do?” when it comes to public officials and financial reporting. The late Governor Reubin Askew promoted government transparency, and a lawsuit filed before the Florida Supreme Court says when public officials use blind trusts to hide their assets, it’s unconstitutional.