The story of dissenters booted from Gov. Rick Scott’s budget signing in The Villages still hasn’t lost its legs.

State Rep. Mark Pafford received a letter (.pdf), dated yesterday, from Attorney General Pam Bondi, who said she didn’t have the authority to launch an investigation. Pafford and other Democratic state lawmakers had called for Bondi and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater to investigate whether the activists’ rights were violated.

Pafford responded with this statement:

While I appreciate Attorney General Pam Bondi’s acknowledgment letter, I remain concerned that constitutional rights protecting Florida’s citizens have purposely been ignored by the Governor’s Office.

Since January 2011, when members of the press were banned from attending inauguration events in the state capitol building, the pattern of privacy has been the norm. I believe Floridians want answers to what transpired in The Villages and accountability.

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