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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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Personnel note: Thomas Griffin joins Smith Bryan & Myers

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Thomas Griffin, a former chief of staff to state Sen. Rob Bradley, is joining Tallahassee’s Smith, Bryan & Myers lobbying firm. “Tom has earned a reputation as a trusted and respected voice with key stakeholders throughout Florida,” said Matt Bryan, the firm’s president. “We are excited to be growing our firm with up and coming bright minds like his.” Griffin previously served in both public and private government relations positions. He has worked extensively on issues related to health care,…

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Anti-corruption bill faces rocky path in Legislature

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A major ethics and anti-corruption bill that advocates say is long overdue – but critics say may go too far – faces a rocky path in the Legislature. The legislation seeks to end what a 2010 grand jury called a “corruption tax” on Florida citizens amounting to millions a year in extra taxes, government fees and even highway tolls to make up for the waste, fraud and misconduct by public officials. The grand jury, sought by former Gov. Charlie Crist…

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Lawmakers seek to expand term limits from 8 to 12 years

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A Democratic House member and a Republican Senator want voters to expand term limits for state lawmakers from eight to 12 years. House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford and Sen. Rene Garcia undo bold Thursday that they’ll ask the Legislature to place a measure on the 2016 ballot asking voters to loosen the current term limits. They said the measure wouldn’t allow any current lawmakers to stay in officer longer, but rather is aimed at future senators and representatives. They argued that…

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Tough questions for Jack Abramoff, in Tallahassee today for shady solar advocates

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Notorious former lobbyist Jack Abramoff tells anyone who will listen he really wants to improve his image. Fronting a shady, dark money organization is not the best way to go about it. Tuesday morning, Abramoff enters the Florida solar energy fray with an appearance at a news conference hosted by Conservatives for Energy Freedom. The media event is set for 10:30 a.m. at the Florida Press Center in Tallahassee. Abramoff spent nearly four years in federal prison on a variety of…

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4th Floor Files talks with Monica Rodriguez about capitalism, adrenaline rush and Hakuna Matata

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Monica Rodriguez of Ballard Partners was the 2013 co-champion of TallyMadness – the online voting competition to determine Florida’s best lobbyist. Here’s the file on Monica Rodriguez: Significant other? Children? Grand kids? Danielle, 10, and Olivia, 7. In 25 words or less, explain what you do. I help clients maneuver the intricacies of state and local government in order to meet their goals. Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your political persuasion. I believe…

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Get ready for the return of TallyMadness!

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A potential multibillion-dollar state budget gap. A controversial effort to expand Medicaid. How to implement Amendment 1. These are but three of the dozens of earth-shattering important issues being debated during the 2015 legislation session. Who cares? The legislative session is also about the the tangential and the trivial, but it’s the tangential and trivial that drives the state capital. That’s why SaintPetersblog.com is excited to announce the return of TallyMadness — an online voting competition to determine who is the “best” lobbyist in Florida. Just like…

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