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Ethics commission bucks legislative leaders’ assertion of authority

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The Florida Commission on Ethics voted unanimously Friday to resist efforts by House and Senate leaders to exert control over its hiring, firing, travel, and other business, citing fears for its independence. The panel agreed to back Chairman Matthew Carlucci in rejecting a “delegation of authority” issued on March 21 by House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron. Carlucci was sure the leaders’ intentions were “noble,” and that “these are good people,” he said. Still, “as long as…

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