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Paging Dean Cannon: Senate ethics bill to further restrict "revolving door" lobbying



 TALLAHASSEE -- Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, told the Senate ethics committee that he chairs today that he wanted to target an issue that is important to him: the revolving door of the Legislature.

Currently, lawmakers have to wait two years after leaving office before they can trade their influence and lobby the Legislature. But they don't have to wait to lobby the executive branch, including state agencies. Former Speaker Dean Cannon, who left office in November, is the latest example of a lawmaker who came back the next year as a lobbyist.

Cannon's name didn't come up, but it was obvious he was being thought of as senators tip toed around naming him.

"This is no reflection on personalities," Latvala said before pushing for his ban on closing the executive branch loophole. "I've just heard a whole lot of anecdotal information."

The senators embraced Latvala's suggestion. Afterward, Latvala said he was encouraged they welcomed the the changes. 

"I never dreamed we'd have consensus on all these options," Latvala said. "That will be something meaninful."





[Last modified: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 11:59am]


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