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Tallahassee City Commissioners Approve Ethics Addition

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Posted at 9:10 PM, Sep 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-09 10:09:40-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- Tallahassee city commissioners approved an addition to the city's code of ethics at Monday's meeting.

The changes are the result of recommendations from a citizen ethics advisory panel appointed by the commission. It formally outlines the city's ethics code, creates an ethics officer position and amends lobbyist regulations. Some of these ethics requirements include lobbyists working for the city to disclose their client lists and instructing the ethics officer to monitor compliance with the city's lobbyist regulations.

However, voters could make a decision in November that would make this position obsolete. If the Citizens for Ethics Reform ballot initiative is passed, the amendment would create a new appointed ethics officer and board. The amendment will be on the ballot thanks to ruling late last month by Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis, who ruled that the ballot language met state law requirements.