Lawsuit Challenges Fla. Gov. Use Of Blind Trust

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is being asked to strike down a law that lets Gov. Rick Scott shield the complete disclosure of his finances.

A former top aide to the late Gov. Reubin Askew filed an emergency petition Wednesday.

Jim Apthorp’s petition asks the court to force Scott and other elected officials to file a full financial disclosure instead of relying on a blind trust authorized by a 2013 law.

The lawsuit also asks the court to block Scott and any other candidates from qualifying for the ballot unless they file a full disclosure.

When he first ran in 2010, Scott released three years of tax returns. But shortly after he took office, he established the trust to remove direct control over his finances in order to avoid potential conflicts.

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