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Prohibition Against Abuse of Public Position (Watch)

HB 7009 (Committee on Public Integrity & Ethics) and SB 7006 (Ethics and Elections Committee) reenact provisions of the Florida Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees that provide penalties for violations of the statute. Re-enactment of the provision will make the statutory penalties applicable to amendments to the Florida Constitution by Amendment 12 adopted in the 2019 general election, which prohibits a public officer or public employee from abusing her or her public office to obtain a disproportionate benefit. HB 7009 passed the House and Senate and is awaiting action by the governor. (O’Hara)