House Ethics Panel Sets Trial Over Daisy Baez's Alleged Residency Law Violations – Sunshine State News
A trial date has been set for a Miami-Dade lawmaker accused of living outside her district for seven months, a House ethics panel announced Thursday.
Rep. Daisy Baez, D-Miami, will face the music Dec. 4 over allegations she doesn’t actually live in the district she represents.
The House ethics panel said earlier this week there was “sufficient” evidence to conclude Baez failed to live in her district when she was sworn into office, a violation of Florida law.
At her first hearing on Thursday, the panel concluded it would move forward with its investigation after a local resident filed a complaint against Baez for her alleged residency violation.
Baez’s residency woes made headlines earlier this summer after the Miami Herald found Baez had been living in a house in HD 112, a little over a mile away from HD 114, the district she was actually elected to represent last November.
The Florida Constitution says state lawmakers must actually live in the districts they represent in Tallahassee.
Miami blogger Elaine de Valle reported that Baez seemingly acknowledged she sleeps outside her district in her Malaga Avenue house in HD 112, but Baez said she was on the hunt for a house inside HD 114 boundary lines — nearly seven months after being elected to the Florida House of Representatives.
“Right now, I’m sleeping at that house, yes. But I think I don’t want to talk about the situation any more,” she told de Valle at the time. “I’m trying to correct the situation.”
A few weeks later, Baez has apparently righted her situation and said she was a full-time resident in the district she should have been living in all along.
If the owners of the apartment in which she was supposed to be living in in HD 114, Robert and Maritza Jacobson, were renting