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Appeals court takes up blind trust case involving Gov. Rick Scott

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Appeals court judges are going to decide whether a law that lets elected officials place their assets in a blind trust is constitutional.

Three judges from the 1st District Court of Appeal on Wednesday heard arguments in the lawsuit filed by a former aide of the late Gov. Reubin Askew.

Lawyers for Jim Apthorp maintained that using a blind trust violates an amendment pushed by Askew in the 1970s that requires politicians to fully disclose their finances.

Attorneys representing the state maintained the Florida Legislature had the right to authorize the use of blind trust in a law passed in 2013.

A circuit judge in late July ruled that the law that authorizes blind trusts is "reasonable." The only public official who is using one is Gov. Rick Scott.

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