December 7, 2016 •
After Texting Ban in Florida House, Hillsborough County Commissioners May Follow Suit
County commissioners approved a motion to research and draft a proposal to ban commissioners from receiving text messages from lobbyists during board meetings.
This comes on the heels of the Florida House implementing, in its rules for the upcoming session, a ban on electronic communications with lobbyists while in committee or in the House Chamber.
Commissioner Sandy Murman introduced the idea; however, no penalties for a violation were included in the proposal. Though the measure for further exploration passed 5-1, support among commissioners for an actual ban seemed less decisive during the meeting.