The Senate Ethics and Elections committee filed SB2, which is a comprehensive ethics reform bill impacting public officials at all levels of government in Florida. Some of the key provisions impacting local government officials are mandatory annual ethics training, restrictions on a public official’s ability to accept additional public employment while in an elected public office, gives the Commission on Ethics greater ability to collect financial disclosure fines through garnishment of wages and increasing the statute of limitations from four to twenty years, increases the current no-complaint time against a candidate from five to thirty days before an election and authorizes certain agencies to refer cases to the Commission for investigation. The bill is supported by Senate President Gaetz and has been referred to only two committees. The bill will be heard in its first committee, Community Affairs on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
On Tuesday, the Senate Ethics and Elections committee will begin workshopping election law reforms, including early voting sites and hours.