Prosecutor asks for probe into Orange County texts
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The new top prosecutor in Orlando is asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate whether any laws were broken in the way Orange County leaders handled their text messages.
State Attorney Jeff Ashton said Tuesday he has met with FDLE agents about starting an inquiry.
Several Orange County leaders deleted messages from their phones. The messages may have shed light on who they were communicating with during a contentious Orange County Commission meeting over a ballot measure that would have mandated some businesses to offer sick leave to workers.
The text messages are considered a public record if they involved discussions on county business.
Critics say commissioners were texting lobbyists opposed to the measure during the meeting. Commissioners voted not to put the sick-leave measure on November's ballot.