Haridopolos: Ethics bill include Fasano, Dockery proposals

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A forthcoming ethics bill from the Senate will include at least parts of proposals dealing with conflicts of interest and public officials who use their official position to further a crime, Senate President Mike Haridopolos said Thursday according to the News Service of Florida. Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, rebuked for errors in his own paperwork, said the bill will also help lawmakers know whether their financial disclosure reports are right. ?e want to create a new system so that all 160 members of the Legislature will turn in their forms and then eventually proceed to, if they make any mistakes or if the ethics commission wants more clarification, there will be sufficient time to do that,?he said. But Haridopolos said the bill would also include components from two other ethics bills: One, from Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, that would bar lawmakers from voting on any issue in which they have a conflict of interest. The other, by Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, boosts penalties for officials who use their office to further a crime not already covered by public corruption statues. ?hat? our goal — to get some of those concepts in that bill and make it work,?he said.

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