Closing loopholes in Florida’s conflict of interest rules and leveling the playing field on legal costs in ethics cases rose up as top priorities for the Florida Commission on Ethics this year. Kerrie Stillman presented the Ethics Commission’s legislation priorities to the Florida Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, where she outlined concerns about how local […]
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority Board of Directors heard from internationally acclaimed transit planner Jarrett Walker as members begin to look forward to an agency with vastly more buying power than it has ever had before. Agency leaders met with Walker privately after the public meeting to talk about potentially hiring him as a consultant, […]
With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the Florida Senate staffing merry-go-round. Off: Tim Sadberry is no longer staff director for the Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice. On: Trent Phillips joined the Senate Majority Office as a legislative assistant. On: Johnny Brown is the new legislative assistant […]
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It is heartening to hear Gov. Ron DeSantis often speak about his commitment to Florida’s environment. Those were some sweet-sounding words he spoke in his inauguration speech: “Our economic potential will be jeopardized if we do not solve the problems afflicting our environment and water resources.” True dat. But words without action is meaningless, and […]