Takeaways from Tallahassee — Grounded – Florida Politics (blog)
Florida House members better get used to flying commercial.
One of the new House rules, rolled out this week, prohibits members from flying on planes owned, leased, or paid for by lobbyists.
The proposed change is meant to end a common practice among lawmakers and the influence industry, according to House Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran.
The practice of hopping a ride on a lobbyist’s plane is considered fairly common. Lawmakers often pay their own way, but it could create the appearance of impropriety.
The prohibition is expected to billed as a commonsense measure toward good government, and Corcoran is making the argument that lobbyists and their clients shouldn’t be covering the cost of travel for members to do their jobs.
But Tallahassee could be one of the most difficult state capitals to get to in the country, especially from South Florida. It would take you about eight hours to drive from the House District 120 office in Key Largo to Tallahassee.
Want to fly? According to Expedia, there are four nonstop flights to Tallahassee from Miami International Airport, where many members of the South Florida delegation would fly from, on Monday, Dec. 5, the first day of the committee weeks in the Florida House. Most of the other flights have a layover in Atlanta.
At this rate, some House members may start considering RedCoach. At least they could get some work done during the ride.
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