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May 5, 2021  •  

Florida Special Election Announced

Gov. Ron DeSantis - by Gage Skidmore

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the special election to fill Florida’s 20th Congressional District to replace Rep. Alcee Hastings who died last month. The special primary election will be held on November 2 with the special general election being held […]

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May 3, 2021  •  

Florida Legislature Adjourns

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The Florida Legislature adjourned sine die on April 30. Among the measures passed was the record $101.5 billion budget bills. Other measures passed include the controversial election reform, anti-protest, and transgender athletes bills.

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Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson have announced a special session to convene on May 17. The special session will focus on legislation implementing and ratifying the 30-year gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida […]

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The Florida House and Senate have instituted COVID-19 safety protocols during committee meetings ahead of the 2021 legislative session. For the month of January, Senate committee meetings will be limiting in-person attendance to individuals invited by the committee leaders. Rooms […]

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Tallahassee City Hall

Leon County, Florida commissioners have approved an ordinance updating the county’s lobbying regulations. The new ordinance updates the registration and reporting process by removing the notary requirement and developing an online registration form. The ordinance also defines a clear process […]

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March 19, 2020  •  

Florida Legislature Adjourns 2020 Session

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After extending the session to complete work on several appropriations bills, the Florida Legislature adjourned sine die Thursday, March 19. During the 2020 session, the Legislature considered but failed to pass any of the proposed ethics bills. Bills include changes […]

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The Florida Senate has introduced a bill creating a statewide registration system for lobbying government entities. The bill expands the definition of lobbying to include seeking to influence any governmental entity with respect to a decision or an attempt to […]

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Tallahassee City Hall

On December 4, the Tallahassee City Commission approved an ordinance amending the city’s ethics code. The ordinance expands the Independent Ethics Board’s jurisdiction to covered individuals including: Each public official An employee or member of a city board, commission, or […]

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The Florida Legislature adjourned sine die on May 4. The 61-day legislative session ran a day longer than expected as lawmakers passed a $91.1 billion state budget over the weekend. During the session, lawmakers failed to pass an ethics reform […]

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On Tuesday, the Tallahassee Independent Ethics Board proposed changes to expand the city’s ethics code. The proposal expands the Board’s jurisdiction to procurement employees and individuals required to file state financial disclosures. Additionally, the proposal increases the fines faced by […]

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Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher resigned last week from her post. Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended her earlier this month for failing to meet deadlines during last November’s election recount. Wendy Santory Link has been appointed by the […]

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Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the dates to hold a special election to fill the vacancy in House District 7. The special primary election will take place on April 9, while the special general election will be on June 18. The […]

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Voters passed Amendment 10 proposing four changes to state and local government structure and operation. The first proposal changes the regular sessions for the Legislature from March to January on even-numbered years. The measure also created the Office of Domestic […]

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November 7, 2018  •  

Florida Passes Revolving Door Ban

Voters approved Amendment 12, titled Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers. The amendment expands restrictions on lobbying for compensation by former public officers, former justices, and judges. Effective December 31, 2022 the measure bans state and local officials […]

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