TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Travel bills adding up to more than $1 million for Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp will lead to tighter rules for his successor.
The St. Petersburg Times and The Miami Herald reported Saturday that four years of security and travel expenses for Kottkamp cost taxpayers $1,128,605. That covers salaries for Florida Highway Patrol troopers, airfare for those troopers when Kottkamp was flying, gasoline for Kottkamp's state-owned SUV, hotel rooms, rental cars and three in-state charter flights when no state aircraft was available.
The newspapers say that sum doesn't cover all the costs of Kottkamp's travel, such as the use of state aircraft.
A Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles spokeswoman says security procedures will be tighter for incoming Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.
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