Florida Senate committee advances lobbying transparency bill

(The Center Square) — Florida lawmakers have advanced legislation this week that would add transparency to lobbying in the Sunshine State.

Senate Bill 734 is sponsored by state Sen. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill. It would make various changes to ethics regulations for local governments and prohibit state and local officials from accepting or soliciting anything from a foreign country of concern.

According to the bill’s analysis, public officers, state agency employees, local government attorneys and candidates for office are all prohibited from accepting anything of value including a gift, loan, reward, promise of future employment, favor, or service, based on the understanding that their judgment, official action or vote would be influenced.

State agencies, political subdivisions, or public schools that spend state funds or levy property taxes would be forbidden from entering into any agreement or accepting a grant from a country of concern. This includes China, Russia, Iran,
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