Ethics panel OKs Fla. Gov. handling of finances

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida ethics panel is approving the way Gov. Rick Scott is handling his finances.

Scott asked the state's ethics commission if a blind trust he set up to handle his assets meets a new state ethics law.

The multi-millionaire former businessman first set up his trust back in 2011 right after he came into office. He set aside nearly $74 million of assets into the account that is controlled by a New York firm.

The new law gives public officials a "safe harbor" from conflict charges if they turn over a complete list of assets that were in the blind trust when it was set up. Scott turned over that information last month.

A watchdog group, however, says the commission didn't ask for enough information from the governor.

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