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How to get around Richard Corcoran’s new rules — Volume 1

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The first in a series. It’s official. Richard Corcoran is now the Speaker of the Florida House. And with his installation comes sweeping changes to the chamber’s rules. There are new restrictions on lobbyists, including a ban on lobbyists using emails or text messages to reach out to legislators when they are about to vote. Also among the changes is a requirement that members file individual legislation for each budget earmark they seek, reports Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida. Initially, there…

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Richard Corcoran rolls out new rules, says House will ‘set the standard for others’

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The new rules of the Florida House of Representatives, among other things, will increase the ban on former members lobbying their colleagues from two years to six years, and prohibit state representatives from flying in aircraft owned, leased, or otherwise paid for by lobbyists. That’s according to a final copy of the rules, released Thursday by incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran. “It is time that government embodies the very highest of standards and serve citizens and not self,” he said…

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Richard Corcoran to lobbyists: Cool your jets

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Florida House members better get used to flying commercial. House Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran is expected to announce new rules Thursday, including one that would prohibit members from flying on planes owned, leased, or paid for by lobbyists. The proposed rule change is meant to end a common practice among lawmakers and the influence industry, according to a sources close to the incoming House speaker. The practice of hopping a ride on a lobbyist’s plane is considered fairly common. Lawmakers often…

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Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists asks for seat at the table to talk about changes to House rules

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Change is coming, but the state’s lobbying association wants to offer some input before new House rules are finalized. David Mica, the chairman of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, sent a letter Monday to House Speaker Designate Richard Corcoran asking weigh in on the House rules before they are released. “There have been several news reports which suggest that part of the new House Rules will include provisions related to how House members interact with lobbyists,” said Mica in…

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