Florida's local governments toughening ethics laws

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A new report says Florida's cities and counties are strengthening their ethics laws and enforcement while state laws have essentially remained frozen since the 1970s.

The report was released Thursday by a Florida State University think tank and a new ethics advocacy group.

Florida State University political science professor Carol Weissert said Florida has been known more in the past for what she described as anti-ethics reforms.

Weissert and ethics advocate Dan Krassner from Integrity Florida say they're confident that new leadership in the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott are on board with their effort to toughen state ethics laws during the 2013 session that begins in March. That effort focuses on ethics policy and enforcement, lobbying, campaign financing and procurement.

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