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Scott exercises his veto power

By Regan McCarthy


Tallahassee, FL – Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have exempted businesses leasing space on an airport's property from being forced to divulge certain business information that otherwise would be public under the public records act. Regan McCarthy has more.

Governor Scott's administration has been criticized as having a reputation of keeping its practices behind closed doors, but the governor is getting praise from open records advocates for vetoing House bill 913. The bill would have exempted some information about businesses leasing space in an airport from public record laws. The governor says he thinks airports have been operating under the current law just fine. But Representative Mike Horner of Kissimmee says loosening the rules could lead to the creation of more jobs. Horner says airports should be governed more like ports.

"Because they're attracting private sector companies that have proprietary information that they're careful with and I think it limits the tenants that you can attract."

Public records advocates say allowing the exemptions would have taken away the public's ability to oversee a tax-payer run facility.