Lawsuit Alleges State Held Secret Meetings, Lost Records

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News Release: Associated Press
September 4, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The state of Florida is getting sued again over violations to the state's Sunshine Law.

A Xerox employee Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Leon County alleging that a Florida agency held secret meetings related to a decision to award a nearly $50 million contract.

The lawsuit states that the Department of Revenue "lost" recordings it had made of the meetings. The contract to process child support payments was awarded to a rival of Xerox.

The agency did not immediately respond for comment. But in a related legal dispute the department acknowledges there were technological problems.

The department reports to Gov. Rick Scott and three other statewide elected officials. Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi have been sued in a separate lawsuit, also alleging they flouted the state's public records law.

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