Florida House Speaker: Continued Push For Ethics Laws Dead This Year

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Blaming "zero interest" from Senate Republicans, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says a push to have the state adopt some of the toughest ethics laws in the nation is dead for this year's session.

Corcoran said this week he's not giving up and will seek other ways to place his proposals into law, including a possible petition drive to place them before voters in 2018. The Florida House has overwhelmingly passed several measures, including one that would ban legislators and elected officials from lobbying state government for six years after leaving office. 

The House also passed a bill that would require city officials to file more detailed financial disclosure forms.

Senate President Joe Negron said he's "content" with the current law that places a two-year lobbying ban on elected officials.

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