Magazine article Information Management

Governor's Missing E-Mails Prompt Probe

Magazine article Information Management

Governor's Missing E-Mails Prompt Probe

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After taking office, Florida Gov. Rick Scott instructed is staff to limit use of e-malls because they are public records. Those individuals who visit the governor's website (www.flgov.com) will see the following warning at the bottom: "Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing."

Scott also has increased the price of records requests. Interestingly, a political reporter found that it costs more to get 1,100 emails from Scott's office ($784.84) than it did to get 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin's e-mails ($725.97) from the state of Alaska.

But some of Scott's e-mail records can't be purchased because they were deleted soon after he took office, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Chris Kise, the lawyer and public records adviser for the transition, told the Times it was an "oversight; the result, he said, of a chaotic transition run by a largely out-of-state staff still learning Florida law and unfamiliar with the technology that ran the e-mail system. …

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