Gov Scott Asks Permission to Greet Visitors

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants a state ethics panel to say it’s OK for him to greet visitors at Tampa International Airport.

Scott’s acting general counsel has asked the Florida Commission on Ethics whether or not it would violate state law to have Scott greet those using airport shuttles.

The ethics commission will rule on the request during its June 12th meeting.

A draft opinion prepared by commission staff says Scott should be allowed to do the greetings, which would include the governor telling people that “Tampa Bay” is a “great place to live, work and play.”

The request comes shortly before Tampa will host the Republican National Convention.

Scott’s office made the request because the governor cannot accept gifts from lobbyists or organizations that hire lobbyists.