On his very first day in office, Jan. 4, 2011, Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order re-establishing the Office of Open Government.
Its job? “To facilitate Floridians’ right to know and have access to information with which they can hold government accountable.” And ensure “that the Office of Governor complies with public records requests in an expeditious manner.”
This was a joke, right?
Because, 4½ years later, it’s hard to name another governor in Florida’s modern history who has shown more disdain for this state’s tradition of open government.