- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Workers from seven Florida agencies will be moved to empty offices at other complexes because of mold and air quality concerns at one of the buildings where the state rents space.

Inspectors discovered bat faces last week in the area right above the ceiling of Ken Lawson’s office. Lawson is secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Department of Management Services Secretary Chad Poppell says in a statement that they hope to have all state employees, except for a handful of critical office staff, out of the building and moved to three different locations within the next two months. The move impacts approximately 1,500 workers.

In the new budget signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday, lease payments to the affected offices stop on July 1.

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