FL Lawmakers Say A Little Corruption Is Good

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ A major anti-corruption bill faces dim prospects in the Florida Legislature, but a smaller version of the bill still has a chance.

A Senate committee failed to hear the larger bill Thursday, meaning it’s unlikely to receive a floor vote before the session ends next week.

Sen. Don Gaetz says his bill aims to end what a 2009 statewide grand jury called a corruption tax resulting from the costs of misconduct and corruption by government officials.

It redefines corruption in criminal law to make it easier for prosecutors to prove cases.

It adds new restrictions on outside employment by legislators and increases requirements for financial reporting by officials and lobbyists.