Scott confident in state attorney's investigation into Expressway Authority board members

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —

Governor Rick Scott said Tuesday he is confident the right thing will happen with the investigation into three Expressway Authority members who may have violated the Sunshine law.

On Monday, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs suggested replacing them might be the only way the agency can move forward if the investigation isn’t wrapped up quickly.

Gov. Scott was in Orange County Tuesday to propose eliminating the sales tax on commercial leases, but Channel 9’s Kathi Belich wanted to ask him whether he would take action and replace the Expressway Authority board members he’s appointed.

A cloud of suspicion hangs over all of their votes so the state attorney’s office has asked the toll agency board not to change leadership until his investigation is done.

“The state attorney is doing his job reviewing it and as he finishes that I’m sure the right thing will happen,” Gov. Scott said.

Gov. Scott appointed Scott Batterson and Marco Pena.  The third board member under investigation, Noranne Downs, works for Scott’s transportation secretary Ananth Prasad.

Last year, board president Walter Ketcham asked for an investigation into Batterson, Pena and Downs before they cast an unscheduled majority vote to force out interim Executive Director, Max Crumit