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What grand jury? Florida Legislature fails to pass 'essential' ethics reform

Steve Bousquet's Saturday column:

Reform is essential to remedy the perception that those in leadership roles fail to set a noble example of service and are instead assumed to be egotistical and corrupt.

When the Legislature fails to act after its own members flagrantly abuse their positions, the citizens lose respect, faith and interest in the government.

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Those aren't my words.

They are the words of the Statewide Grand Jury, which nearly six months ago issued a report: "A Study of Public Corruption in Florida and Recommended Solutions." Convened after a string of scandals, the grand jury put forward a series of specific proposals for the Legislature to consider in the 2011 session.

"We believe that the time for action is now," the grand jury report said, "and we urge the Florida Legislature and other governmental bodies to address anti-corruption efforts using our findings and recommendations as a starting point."

Guess what? Not a single ethics reform law passed. Not one. (full column here)

[Last modified: Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:46am]


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