Florida's local governments toughening ethics laws

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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:11 am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A new report says Florida's cities and counties have been strengthening their ethics laws and enforcement while state laws have essentially been frozen since the 1970s.

The report was being released Thursday by a Florida State University think tank and a new ethics advocacy group. It's titled "Florida Counties Bridge the Ethics Policy Gap" and analyzes survey results on ethical programs and how they've been strengthened in 45 of Florida's 67 counties.

The report focuses on ethics policy and enforcement, lobbying, campaign financing and procurement. New leaders in the Florida Legislature recently announced their intention to also toughen state ethics laws during the 2013 session that begins in March.

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