Elections Commission offers ‘pay-back-to-play’ proposal

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Candidates would need to pay unpaid election fines before their name goes on the ballot under a proposal approved Tuesday by the Florida Elections Commission as part of an effort to collect $1.4 million in unpaid penalties, reports the News Service of Florida. The proposal was one of two approved by the commission, which met via teleconference to map out its Legislative agenda for the 2012 session. The other would boost the penalties for judicial candidates to up to $1,000 per incident for campaign violations, up from a $1,000 total for the nonpartisan races. Four other proposals, including a provision to allow the commission to advertise in local newspapers the names of violators with outstanding fines, were voted down by the panel and will not be part of the commission’s legislative package.

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