October 4, 2022 •
Democrat U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch has submitted his resignation, which became effective September 30. Deutch was first elected to Congress in 2010, representing northern Broward County and southern Palm Beach County in what is now Florida’s 23rd Congressional District. Deutch is leaving to join […]
Democrat U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch has submitted his resignation, which became effective September 30.
Deutch is leaving to join the American Jewish Committee where he will become the new CEO.
The district will be without a representative until a winner of the November election replaces him in January.
January 30, 2019 •
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 […]
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 governor to replace her.
March 22, 2013 •
Former judge and mediator
The Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics selected attorney Steven Cullen to be their new executive director.
Mr. Cullen was previously a judge and mediator. He replaces former executive director Alan Johnson, who left the Commission on Ethics to join the state attorney’s office.
Mr. Cullen plans to boost the commission’s public outreach and ethics education efforts.
February 8, 2013 •
From five members to seven
The Palm Beach County Commission voted in favor of a proposal to expand the county’s ethics commission from five members to seven. County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor pushed for the change, saying the commission needed more diversity.
The proposal will go before the committee responsible for drafting changes to the county code, and then back to the county commission for a final vote.
Independent community groups are responsible for selecting the ethics commission’s members.
December 14, 2012 •
Keep up with the latest articles on campaign finance and government ethics:
“What’s Left for Campaign Finance Reform?” by Steven D. Schwinn in Jurist.
“Colbert donates super PAC funds to charity” by Dave Levinthal in Politico.
New York: “Campaign finance reform on 2013 Albany agenda” by Karen DeWitt on North County Public Radio.
District of Columbia: “DC Council to consider emergency ban on large money-order campaign contributions” by The Associated Press in the Washington Post.
California: “Political ethics panel accuses brothers of money laundering” by Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times.
Florida: “Palm Beach County ethics commission to decide whether national search needed for director’s post” by Jennifer Sorentrue in the Palm Beach Post.
September 18, 2012 •
Effective date to be determined
The Palm Beach County School Board is in the process of developing a lobbyist registration policy.
Registration will likely be separate from the county’s lobbyist registration.
There is not yet a firm date by which the policy will be implemented, as the details are still being worked out by the school board.
May 14, 2012 •
Electronic registration is now available
The new lobbyist registration ordinance in Palm Beach County took effect April 2, 2012. The expenditure report due date is now November 1 of each year, and continues to cover the period from October 1 – September 30.
Electronic registration is now available in addition to paper registration. Registrations now must also include the phone number of the lobbyist and principal, their signatures where both may be made electronically, and the county or municipalities to be lobbied.
The ordinance specifically excludes from expenditure reporting the salaries of the lobbyist and principal, office overhead expenses, and personal expenses for lodging, meals, and travel.
All registrations on file and in effect with the county prior to the ordinance’s effective date remain in full force and effect.
November 2, 2011 •
Countywide Lobbyist Registration and Rules Sought
Persons lobbying within any of Palm Beach County’s 38 cities and towns may soon have to register as lobbyists as part of a proposed countywide lobbyist registry and standardized set of rules.
If approved, the new rules would apply to all persons lobbying municipal personnel. Some concerns have been raised as to the definition of lobbyists and the potential inclusion in that definition of unpaid lobbyists.
If approved, a $25 registration fee per principal represented would be instituted and expenditures exceeding $25 in specified categories would be required to be reported.
July 11, 2011 •
Commission Meetings Must Adhere to New Limitations
The Palm Beach County Ethics Commission has voted to limit the public’s ability to speak on items during final hearings prior to a vote or comment at closed-door sessions where decisions on the pursuit of ethics complaints are made.
The limits are intended to limit decisions being made by members of the commission to the guidance of the ethics code and avoid allowing influence from outside the code to be taken into consideration at a final vote.
Public comment will still be allowed concerning commission policies and on other issues being considered.
October 18, 2010 •
Commission to Review Ethics Rules
Potential loopholes in the recently passed Palm Beach County Ethics Ordinance have some lawmakers once again working on ethics legislation. The new ethics rules, which went into effect on May 1, 2010, require a financial benefit to result from prohibited conduct, but do not include other benefits derived which are not financial in nature.
A proposed revision is in the early stages of legislation. Since 2006, four county commissioners have resigned their positions to face criminal charges over their misuse of office. Despite the potential loopholes, commissioners still hope the ethics reforms which took effect earlier this year will result in ethical relief to the scandal-plagued county.
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