Two days after the Public Service Commission banned some BlackBerry messaging in its hearing room, the Florida Commission on Ethics will decide whether e-mails sent by BlackBerry may have snagged Commissioner Lisa Edgar in a potential violation of state law.
The commission will meet in a closed-door session Friday to decide if there is probable cause to a citizen's complaint that accuses Edgar of using her staff aide to receive a message from a Florida Power & Light official during a November hearing to set fuel charges for FPL customers. Here's the complaint: Download Edgar complaint
Meanwhile a Sarasota-based government watchdog group is raising questions about the propriety of the PSC's decision to alter the BlackBerry devices used by staff by disabling the messaging function. They also question the wisdom of allowing staff to continue to use the devices, potentially permanently delete the electronic records. The group, Citizens for Sunshine, a nonprofit devoted to transparency in government, has filed a public records request seeking copies of all the PIN messages on the state-issue BlackBerries. Read more here.