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Integrity Florida has released its second research report Corruption Risk Report: Florida Ethics Laws. Click here to read the report.
Summary: Florida led the U.S. in federal public corruption convictions from 2000 - 2010, according to U.S. Department of Justice data. Florida faces a corruption crisis that threatens the state's reputation, its economy and its ability to attract new jobs and capital. The Florida Commission on Ethics meets on June 15, 2012 to set its 2013 legislative priorities. Integrity Florida is providing this research report as a resource to inform that discussion and will be on hand for that meeting should the Commission have any questions about our recommendations.
Major recommendations that would advance government ethics in Florida and the public's overall confidence in state and local government if adopted by the Florida Legislature:
1. Self-initiate investigations: As the state ethics law enforcement agency, the Florida Commission on Ethics should be granted the authority to begin its own investigations.
2. Launch a report corruption hotline: Report corruption hotline to be managed either by the Florida Attorney General or the Florida Commission on Ethics.
3. Expand the ethics code to follow the money: Appropriate aspects of Florida's state ethics code should apply to all who touch public money, including vendors.
4. Require top officials to disclose major transactions: Require all cabinet officials, state legislators, state agency heads and local elected officials to disclose details of all major financial transactions over $1,000 within the previous year, including stock trades, property transactions and changes in business ownership.
5. Create an online filing system: Financial disclosure forms should be filed electronically and made publicly available online in a searchable, updatable and downloadable format.
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Daniel B. Krassner
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