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Fla. Cabinet to consider USF plan to exhume bodies

Dozier school for boys
Posted at 5:29 AM, Aug 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-06 01:42:46-04

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.