POLITICO: As state lawmaker, Putnam created law that later allowed $25M family land deal

Politico: Written by Matt Dixon. March 29, 2018. 

TALLAHASSEE — As a state lawmaker in 1999, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam sponsored sweeping water legislation that included a provision that would later help facilitate a $25 million land deal between the state and his family-owned citrus company.

Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor, comes from a prominent citrus growing family, and has long been a fixture in Florida politics, serving in the Florida House, Congress, and now as agriculture commissioner, a statewide elected post.

The land deal has received past attention, but the direct role Putnam played in creating a new law that allowed it to happen was previously unreported. POLITICO Florida reviewed previous legislation, staff analysis and old House floor speeches to piece together Putnam’s role in the process.

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