Miami Herald: Scott’s office: Ask employees for records, not us

Miami Herald   BY GARY FINEOUT ASSOCIATED PRESS TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The administration of Gov. Rick Scott is making a unique legal argument when it comes to handing over public records: Get it from the employees, not us. As part of a bitter ongoing legal battle, attorneys who work for the governor late last month declared that both current and former employees are the “custodians” of any text messages or emails done on personal accounts even if they cover state business. The Scott administration and state agencies generally require that employees turn over emails and text messages from personal accounts if they covered state business. Past requests made by media organizations, including The Associated Press, as well as open-records advocates have shown various Scott administration employees using personal accounts to conduct state business. READ MORE

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