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McCollum floats new clemency rule



Attorney General Bill McCollum offered up a rule to ban ex-felons from becoming mortgage brokers or lenders for at least seven years after they get clemency.

McCollum said he believes that the Cabinet overstepped its authority a few months ago when it passed an agency rule change aimed to prevent felons from serving in the mortgage industry. So he pitched this rule change, framing it as a different way to get at the same problem.

The Florida Executive Board of Clemency, made up of the Cabinet, won't consider this proposed rule change until the next meeting. McCollum has been talking about this seven-year wait period for several months, and so far the Cabinet has been cool to the idea.


[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:39pm]


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