UPDATE: Scott may have broken law with state planes saleby Dara Kam | February 17th, 2011
UPDATE: Gov. Rick Scott says he did not violate state laws with his sale of the state’s air fleet.
“We did it absolutely in compliance with the law. We reviewed it with our general counsel,” Scott told reporters after visiting the Florida Lottery this afternoon. “It was something that the taxpayers of this state wanted and it was one of the campaign promises that I followed up on.”
Gov. Rick Scott may have broken state law with his sale of the state’s two airplanes, according to Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander.
Scott used the sale of one state plane to pay off the lease on the second.
But in a letter to Scott sent today, Alexander says the governor needed the legislature’s approval to do that.
Using the money from the sale of the first plane to pay off the second plane “appears to be an expenditure of state funds not made in pursuance of an appropriation made by law,” Alexander wrote.
“My concern, of course, is that these actions may have violated the law and as such fail to recognize the Legislature by not respecting the Legislature’s constitutional duty to appropriate funds and your duty to spend appropriated funds in accordance with the law,” Alexander, R-Lake Wales, wrote.
The state planes are at the bottom of the heap of items the legislature and Scott are at odds over.
Yesterday, he sent Democrats and fellow GOP leaders in Tallahassee and Washington into a tizzy over his rejection of a sought-after $2.4 billion federal grant for high-speed rail.