TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet are scheduled to vote on whether to let university researchers identify human remains at a defunct reform school.
Scott and the Cabinet on Tuesday are expected to grant permission to University of South Florida researchers seeking a permit to exhume bodies buried near the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.
Secretary of State Ken Detzner in mid-July told researchers that his department — which oversees historical resources — didn't have the legal authority to grant the request. The site located about 60 miles west of Tallahassee is state-owned.
Attorney General Pam Bondi, however, pushed to get the agency that manages state lands to grant USF a one-year permit. Last week Scott and the three Cabinet members said they would support the request.