The timing of the resignation by Gov. Rick Scott’s former environmental secretary, Jon Steverson, has stirred plenty of talk in the state Capitol.
Amid House criticism of the size of the legal expenses in a long-running multi-state dispute over water rights, Steverson submitted his resignation a week ago Friday, Jan. 20, to take a new job at the Foley & Lardner law firm.
That was the day after a House committee publicly posted an amendment to an ethics bill that would subject “appointed state officers” (including agency heads such as Steverson) to the same six-year lobbying ban that would apply to House members who want to become lobbyists.
House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, didn’t think that was a coincidence.