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Workman resigns from PSC after sexual harassment allegation



Gov. Rick Scott’s appointee to the powerful board that regulates Florida utilities resigned Monday after a state senator said he made “vulgar and inappropriate gestures” to her last year.

Former Rep. Ritch Workman of Melbourne will not serve on the Public Service Commission as a result.

Scott appointed Workman on Sept. 15. He would have taken office Jan. 2 at an annual salary of $131,036.

The PSC considers all rate requests by electric and gas utilities in Florida.

In the latest sexual harassment revelation to rock Florida’s capital, Workman’s resignation on Monday came minutes after Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, a Fort Myers Republican, issued a statement in which she said he repeatedly made “vulgar and inappropriate” gestures toward her at a public event, even after she asked him to stop.

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Pic: Former state Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, speaks with former Rep. Doug Broxson, R-Midway, during a debate on the House floor in 2013. MARK FOLEY Florida House of Representatives