Groups concerned that Fla. ethics bills are flawed

Posted at 12:25 PM, Mar 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-18 08:29:14-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Groups on both sides of the political spectrum believe ethics bills being considered by the House and Senate are flawed and don't go far enough.

Representatives from The Tea Party Network, Progress Florida and Integrity Florida joined a former executive director of the Florida Commission on Ethics on Monday to point out what they believe are flaws in the bills.

While they said there are some good aspects to the bill, like more power to collect fines, there are also provisions they said make the states ethics laws weaker. These include allowing officials to correct their financial disclosure forms after someone files a complaint.

The Senate passed its bill on the first day of session and the House Ethics and Elections Subcommittee is considering its version Tuesday.