Florida Governor Scott Approves Ethics and Campaign Finance Overhaul - State and Federal Communications

May 2, 2013  •  

Florida Governor Scott Approves Ethics and Campaign Finance Overhaul

Gov. Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott

Two major bills passed by the Florida Legislature were signed by Governor Rick Scott late on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The bills make significant changes to the state’s ethics and campaign finance laws.

Senate Bill 2, the state’s ethics overhaul, becomes effective immediately upon becoming a law.

House Bill 569, the campaign finance bill, takes effect November 1, 2013, except for the provisions eliminating committees of continuous existence (CCEs). CCEs are prohibited from accepting contributions after August 1, 2013, and their certification will be revoked as of September 30, 2013. Additionally, the bill requires the Division of Elections to present a proposal for mandatory electronic filing to the legislature by December 1, 2013.

For previous coverage about this legislation, see “Florida Legislature Passes Campaign Finance Bill” and “Florida Ethics Bill Heads to Governor Scott” by Jennifer Zona.

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