Another day, another Florida lawmaker pans the gift ban in farewell remarks

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For the second time, a House member giving a farewell speech has said the gift ban for lobbyists was a mistake. Rep. Franklin Sands, giving farewell remarks Monday told the House that he learned a lot from lobbyists about issues – and that it was harder after the gift ban to do so. Sands said he actually voted against the gift ban, but a fellow Democrat tried to change Sands’ vote for him, saying he wanted Sands to be re-elected.

Sands said since lobbyists couldn’t pay for his food anymore, he decided to pay for theirs, and noted that for a while he held breakfasts where he paid for lobbyists to enlighten him.

Sands is one of several term limited lawmakers who have given farewell speeches the last couple weeks. Last week, Rep. Rich Glorioso, R-Plant City, also said the gift ban was a mistake.

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