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Attorney General Bondi passes on Dems request to investigate Scott's veto flap



Attorney General Pam Bondi says she does not have the power to investigate whether any laws were broken when Gov. Rick Scott's staff removed Villagers from his budget veto cermony.

House Democrats made the ask of Bondi and CFO Jeff Atwater, who has not yet responded.

"While I appreciate Attorney General Pam Bondi’s acknowledgment letter, I remain concerned that constitutional rights protecting Florida’s citizens have purposely been ignored by the Governor’s Office," state Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, said in a statement. "Since January 2011, when members of the press were banned from attending inauguration events in the state capitol building, the pattern of privacy has been the norm. I believe Floridians want answers to what transpired in The Villages and accountability."

[Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011 3:57pm]


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