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Gov. disaproves of FAMU hazing task forces' "private" meetings

Governor Rick Scott is criticizing a decision by the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees to allow its hazing task force to meet in private. The Board approved a request by the task force to be designated as a “fact-finding” commission, which allows it to avoid Florida’s Sunshine Laws. Lynn Hatter reports.

When FAMU’s board of trustees approved the plan to allow the task force to meet in private, only two members voiced opposition to the move.

In a letter to trustee board chairman Solomon Badger, Governor Rick Scott said he was “disappointed” in the decision and that a better way to operate would be to have all meetings noticed and open to the public.

Badger says he intends to discuss the issue with the rest of the board at their next meeting. A conference call has been scheduled for Friday.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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