Commission rescinds lawsuit vote, allows White to abstain
Hillsborough County commissioners Wednesday reopened a decision to sue their colleague, Kevin White, to allow him to abstain from his earlier vote on the matter.
Commissioners voted 6-1 two weeks ago to sue White in an effort to recover some of the $425,000 they have spent to defend a sexual discrimination lawsuit against him. White voted against the measure.
As the St. Petersburg Times pointed out at that time, White should not have cast a vote since he stands to take a financial hit depending on the outcome of the lawsuit. State law prohibits commissioners from voting on matters in which they could gain or lose financially.
Commissioners officially voted unanimously Wednesday to rescind that prior vote. Then they voted again, enabling White to abstain, which he did.
The vote allows the county to spend up to $25,000 to pursue a lawsuit against White. County attorneys will have to seek additional board approval to spend more than that.
Bill Varian, Times staff writer