Court asked to force Scott to pick lt. governor

CREATED Jan. 6, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan. 6, 2014

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is being sued over his decision to leave the post of lieutenant governor vacant for nearly nine months.

A Tallahassee lobbyist and political activist on Monday asked the Florida Supreme Court to force Scott to appoint a lieutenant governor within 30 days.

Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned last March after she was interviewed by law-enforcement authorities about work she once did for a charity that was a front for a widespread gambling ring. She has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

In her lawsuit Barbara DeVane contends that Scott is breaking a state law that requires him to appoint a lieutenant governor.

DeVane told The Associated Press she is filing the lawsuit because it's time for Scott "to follow the law and do his job."

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