Will this be the year for ethics reform?
Ethics reform may finally be in the cards this year.
At least that's the hope of Tallahassee watchdog group Integrity Florida.
Last week, Florida Commission on Ethics Chairman Matthew Carlucci outlined the ethics changes he'd like to see the Legislature pass. Top lawmakers have also touted reform in recent months.
Here's a release from Integrity Florida's Dan Krassner and Ben Wilcox.
The stars are aligned for Floridians, after a 36-year drought, to finally see ethics reform taken seriously in our Capitol. Here's what our state leaders are saying:
"I think we ought to raise the standard of ethical conduct in the Legislature and among public officials in the state generally" - Incoming Senate President Don Gaetz, endorsing changes sought by the Commission on Ethics as a starting point Source: Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald "Legislature's new leaders back tough ethics reform"
"It's good news for Florida that House and Senate leadership are in agreement that there is a need for meaningful campaign finance and ethics reform" - Incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford Source: Associated Press "Legislative leaders vow ethics reforms"
"We look forward to working with the legislative leadership" - Melissa Sellers, Gov. Scott's chief spokeswoman Source: Tampa Bay Times "Gov. Scott listens to pitch for stronger ethics laws"
"The Florida Commission on Ethics has proposed a number of important ethics reforms to the Florida Legislature..." - Matt Carlucci, Gov. Scott's most recent appointee to the Ethics Commission Source: Florida Times-Union "Florida's ethics rules need to be strengthened"
"A commitment to ethics and integrity in government is essential to maintaining the public trust" - Florida Governor Rick Scott Source: Office of the Governor "Executive Order Number 11-03 (Ethics and Open Government)"
We are encouraged by the commitment from our top state leaders to deliver the ethics reform results Floridians are expecting in the upcoming session. Let's keep the momentum of the statewide movement for ethics reform going.