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Adam Putnam says HB 7069 passed 'without a lot of sunshine'

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor, said Wednesday he remains troubled by HB 7069, the controversial expansion of charter schools that's awaiting action by Gov. Rick Scott, possibly on Thursday.  

"It was formed and created at the very end of the session without a lot of sunshine or input, and that's concerning," Putnam said. "But there are certainly some things in there that are positive and some things in there that are less so, so he (Scott) has got a big decision to make."

Asked about Putnam's comments Wednesday, Scott said: "I'm going to be careful in reviewing the bill and I'm going to act in the best interest of all the students and the parents in our state."

Putnam told the Associated Press last month that Scott "ought to take a hard look at vetoing" the bill. The prime architect of HB 7069 is House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, who's considering running for governor in 2018.