Gov.-elect Rick Scott has established a one-year lobbying ban for any member of his transition team and designated the state’s current Sunshine Laws guru to serve as his open government coordinator.
Scott’s ethics code, released today, bars any member of his transition team for lobbying on behalf of any state entity for one year after leaving the team.
The code also requires team members to pledge “to act solely in the best interest of the people of the State of Florida, and to abide by all relevant laws. I further agree to perform only those activities that I have been directed to perform by an appropriate transition official and will use any information obtained in the course of those activities only for authorized purposes.”
Pat Gleason, currently Gov. Charlie Crist’s director of Cabinet Affairs and the special counsel for Crist’s Office of Open Government, will advise Scott, who’s never held office before, about the state’s broad public records and government-in-the-sunshine meetings laws.
Scott also tapped Chris Kise as his chief lawyer during the transition. Kise, a partner in the Foley & Lardner law firm, previously served as Crist’s general counsel and as solicitor general for the state.
Scott assumes office on Jan. 3.