State Sen. Mike Fasano's request for public records draws $10,000 invoice
When state Sen. Mike Fasano requested records about a $125 million pension fund investment, the head of the State Board of Administration sent him a three-page invoice for $10,750.13.
"The cost to the Florida Retirement System (FRS) for satisfying your inquiry using original documents is estimated to exceed $10,000,'' SBA chief Ash Williams wrote, "and completion of the associated legal process will likely take months.''
Stunned, Fasano fired back with a letter to the SBA trustees: Gov. Rick Scott, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Attoney General Pam Bondi.
"I do not want to accuse anyone of attempting to hide anything…'' wrote Fasano, R-New Port Richey. "However, when a $10,000 bill is sent with a warning that it could take months to supply the information requested, a reasonable person could perceive that perhaps something is in fact being hidden.''