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Fasano urges pension chief to move faster with public records request



Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, continued clawing for access to SBA records he requested with a letter to pension fund chief Ash Williams this week demanding a speedier turnaround of his inquiry.

In a Tuesday letter, Fasano thanked Williams for sending two parts of his request but asked for a timeline for the agency's plan to release more information.

"I believe a reasonable timeline is generally considered to be between 7 and 10 days," he wrote. "I do not want this material to be released in dribs and drabs over potentially many weeks or even months, as the current practice tends to demonstrate."

Fasano had more questions for Williams over the state's investment into a spinoff fund of Ramius LLC. "Which selection policy or policies were used to select Ramius and the other activist funds? Could I please get a copy of the relevant policy/policies?"

Fasano's request was met in October with a $10,750 invoice, leading to criticism of Williams by Attorney General Pam Bondi and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.

Fasano assured in his letter the issue will not go away until his questions are answered to his satisfaction i.

"Your help in putting this to bed quickly is imperative and appreciated," he wrote.


[Last modified: Thursday, November 3, 2011 10:19am]


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