Published: Jul 28, 2014 6:32 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida judge is upholding a law that allows elected officials to place their assets in a blind trust instead of reporting each investment publicly.
    
Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper on Monday ruled that politicians can use a blind trust and still comply with a 1976 constitutional amendment that requires officials to disclose their finances. The Florida Legislature passed a law last year authorizing the use of a blind trust.
    
Gov. Rick Scott is the only public official who has been using a blind trust, although this year he disclosed details about his finances when he qualified for re-election.
    
Jim Apthorp, a former top aide to the late Gov. Reubin Askew, said in a statement he would consult with his attorneys after whether to appeal Cooper's ruling.

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