Bill would make lobbying efforts more transparent

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Senate has approved an ethics bill that would require lobbyists representing special districts to register and declare their interests.

Under the measure (SB 846) passed unanimously Wednesday, anyone lobbying on behalf of the state's 1,000 special districts would be required to follow state lobbying disclosure laws. The districts have the power to levy taxes and manage property.

The wide-ranging ethics measure would also prohibit a number of former officials, including sheriffs and state attorneys, from working as paid lobbyists. Also under the bill, officers and board members of Citizens Property Insurance, Enterprise Florida and several other quasi-government organizations would be subject to financial disclosure and gift acceptance laws.

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