TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A Florida ethics panel is going to review the way Gov. Rick Scott is handling his finances. Scott has asked the state’s ethics commission if a blind trust he set up to handle his assets meets a new state ethics law.
The multi-millionaire former businessman first set up his trust back in 2011 right after he came into office. He set aside nearly $74 million of assets into the account that is controlled by a New York firm.
The new law gives public officials a “safe harbor” from conflict charges if they turn over a complete list of assets that were in the blind trust when it was set up. Scott turned over that information last month.
Lawyers for the ethics commission have concluded that Scott is following the law.