South Florida Sun Sentinel: Scott’s new aide says his personal email account will be public record

BY KATHLEEN HAUGHNEY

TALLAHASSEE — The new chief of staff to Gov. Rick Scott , Steve MacNamara, sent out a blanket email to his contacts from his personal account reminding them of his new job and the changes it might bring.

The message was clear: Starting July 5, any emails that aren’t personal in nature will be immediately forwarded to his personal account and be subject to public record requests.

Several members of Scott’s staff have used personal email accounts instead of state email accounts, even though the governor’s office discourages them from doing so, frustrating open government advocates. When the Tallahassee-based First Amendment Foundation began making routine requests for email from the governor’s staff shortly after Scott took office, it discovered that some messages from private accounts were not being turned over to them.

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