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AG Says Calls Sansom Meeting with College “Questionable”

January 27th, 2009 by flanews

Florida’s Attorney General says Northwest Florida State College Trustees may have violated sunshine laws when they meet in a private building with House Speaker Ray Sansom.

The meeting was held at FSU in March and advertised in a Destin newspaper. Just weeks after the meeting Sansom steered 25 million state dollars to the school. Six months later Sansom took an administrative job there. McCollum sent a letter to the trustees about the possible violation.

“I sent a letter to the trustees expressing concern that the way they conducted this meeting, noticed it, etcetera, was very questionable and I cited for them the various provisions about what they should be doing to comply to the appropriate laws and then reminded them that the enforcement of those laws were in the hands of the state attorneys and therefore that may or may not be an issue for them in the future if they don’t comply,” said Sansom.

McCollum also sent a copy of his findings to two State Attorneys. A Leon County Jury will meet February 17th to look at whether the Trustee’s or Sansom have violated the law.

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