Scott signs ethics, campaign finance bills

Posted at 8:55 PM, May 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-01 20:55:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott signed a wide-ranging ethics bill and a separate measure to raise campaign contribution limits.

Scott waited until the final hours before taking action on the bills Wednesday.

The ethics bill (SB 2) was a priority for Senate President Don Gaetz and the first bill the Senate passed on the first day of session more than eight weeks ago.

It will give the Florida Ethics Commission more authority to collect fines, among other things.

The campaign finance bill (HB 569) was a top priority for House Speaker Will Weatherford and will increase campaign contribution limits from $500 per election to $1,000 for legislative and local races and $3,000 for statewide races.