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Lobbyist gift ban exemption passed swiftly in Senate panel

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One of several bills making tweaks to Florida’s austere prohibition on gifts, state Sen. Oscar Braynon‘s SB 984, was granted an easy passage Tuesday afternoon in the Senate Governmental Oversight & Accountability Committee. The proposal — which would allow public entities to let candidates and officials use public property like city halls and conference rooms without considering that an “expenditure” or in-kind contribution — was approved unanimously and now moves on to the Rules Committee. The bill’s hearing was a lighthearted…

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