Florida Commission on Ethics not ready to dismiss fines

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The Florida Commission on Ethics declined to walk away Friday from more than $300,000 in fines owed by almost 300 former public officials, but conceded it may have little chance of ever collecting the cash, reports the News Service of Florida. Executive Director Philip Claypool had earlier urged commissioners to abandon efforts to collect penalties of as much as $1,500 each on elected and appointed officials who have failed to file their state-required financial disclosure forms. But Claypool dropped that recommendation Friday, saying more work was needed on the database of scofflaws. Most of the 280 officials cited formerly served on professional boards, soil and water districts, fire and rescue panels and similar citizen boards. Some of the fines stretch back nine years. Most were accumulated at least 5 years ago

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