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Florida supreme court considering lawsuit against blind trust law

Florida Supreme Court
Posted at 10:16 PM, May 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-19 22:16:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -  A lawsuit has the Florida Legislature on the defensive in the state Supreme Court.

Attorneys for the legislature have filed a brief defending the year-old law that allows elected officials to place their assets in blind trust, avoiding the obligation to report each investment publicly.

 Lawmakers say the law passed during last year's legislative session is constitutional, but the plaintiffs contend that it violated Florida's 1976 "Sunshine Amendment," adopted by voters as part of a sweeping open records movement.

Governor Rick Scott is currently the only elected official in Florida who opts to use a blind trust.  Scott's re-election campaign has promised to comply with whatever decision the court hands down.