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Public corruption bill hits snag amid senators’ furor

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An anti-corruption bill with roots in the editorial department of a newspaper hit a snag in a Senate panel Monday, after a protracted debate over specific provisions and about the proper role of the news media momentarily killed it. Former Senate President Don Gaetz is carrying SB 582, a bill which began as a proposal by the Florida-based Gannett chain of newspapers and Florida Today public interest columnist Matt Reed. The measure’s early adopters says it would prevent “bid-rigging” and other corrupt practices by adding…

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