Sunburn – The morning read of what's hot in Florida politics – 11.11.16 – Florida Politics (blog)
Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica.
NEW FLORIDA HOUSE SPEAKER WANTS CRACK DOWN ON LOBBYISTS via Gary Fineout of The Associated Press – Richard Corcoran … set to become speaker later this month, released proposed rules Thursday that include a ban on lobbyists using emails or text messages to reach out to legislators when they are about to vote in committee meetings or on the House floor. The new rules prohibit legislators from traveling on lobbyist-owned planes, which is allowed now if they pay the same rate it would cost to fly on a commercial jet. Lobbyists will be required to disclose electronically more information about their lobbying activities, including specific bills or amendments they are trying to kill or pass. Corcoran also wants to make it harder for legislators to add new spending items to the state budget for hometown projects, a ritual that usually occurs in the waning days of the session. The new process will force legislators to file stand-alone bills that include the request. He also wants to ban legislators from lobbying local governments when they aren’t in session
… The House will vote on the new rules Nov. 22 when they gather to formally install Corcoran as speaker. As Florida has grown into the third-largest state, the lobbying industry in the Capitol has also flourished. Disclosures have shown that private firms pull in more than $100 million a year lobbying the Legislature and the executive branch. The new rules constitute some of the most significant changes to lobbying in Tallahassee since the state adopted a ban on all gifts from lobbyists to legislators a decade ago. They also appear to be some of the most stringent rules in the country. It’s not clear if the