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Senate committee postpones anticorruption bill

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A Florida Senate committee Tuesday postponed a bill that seeks to lower the burden of proof in public corruption cases and expand the law’s reach to more state-related groups such as contractors. As reported by Lobby Tools, bill SB 582 came under harsh criticism from lawmakers on the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee, who felt the measure was too broad The foundation of proposed legislation came from several recommendations of a 2010 grand jury report requested by former Gov. Charlie Crist,…

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The week that was in Florida politics

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At the end of the first week of the 2015 legislative session, the capital city’s newspaper printed an editorial cartoon that compared lobbyists to great white sharks. The cartoon asks which species pose a greater threat to Floridians; paid advocates or jaws. Psychologists tell us we see what we know and what we know influences how we think, which affects what we see. It wouldn’t be fair to say the cartoonist provided insight to his view of the world when…

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