Jessica M. Karmasek Mar. 15, 2013, 2:50pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is now next in line to succeed Gov. Rick Scott if he is unable to serve, according to state law.

The News Service of Florida reported Wednesday that until this week, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll was next in line.

However, Carroll resigned her post Tuesday following allegations that she was involved in an effort to steer money towards Internet cafes that are fronts for gambling and the subject of federal and state criminal investigations.

Until Carroll's replacement is named -- which Scott said in a news release would not happen until after the legislative session is over, in May -- state law says Bondi will serve as the governor's back up.

According to the News Service report, if the Attorney General's Office were to be vacant, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater would be next in line and then Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

After that, the state Legislature would be forced to choose a new governor.

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