Florida House Passes Ethics Bill
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Commission on Ethics would have more authority to collect fines and lawmakers would be banned from lobbying any state agency for two years after leaving office under a wide-ranging ethics bill unanimously passed by the House.
The bill passed Wednesday would also require that lawmakers not vote on any bills when they could directly affect their personal finances and it prohibits lawmakers from accepting government jobs while in office.
The House made changes to the bill (SB 2) the Senate passed on the first day of the legislative session. The Senate was expected to vote on the bill again later Wednesday.
Among other provisions, the governor, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and state and U.S. attorneys would be able to refer complaints to the Commission on Ethics.
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