Flori­da Sen­ate com­mit­tee advances lob­by­ing trans­paren­cy bill

(The Cen­ter Square) — Flori­da law­mak­ers have advanced leg­is­la­tion this week that would add trans­paren­cy to lob­by­ing in the Sun­shine State.

Sen­ate Bill 734 is spon­sored by state Sen. Blaise Ingoglia, R‑Spring Hill. It would make var­i­ous changes to ethics reg­u­la­tions for local gov­ern­ments and pro­hib­it state and local offi­cials from accept­ing or solic­it­ing any­thing from a for­eign coun­try of con­cern.

Accord­ing to the bill’s analy­sis, pub­lic offi­cers, state agency employ­ees, local gov­ern­ment attor­neys and can­di­dates for office are all pro­hib­it­ed from accept­ing any­thing of val­ue includ­ing a gift, loan, reward, promise of future employ­ment, favor, or ser­vice, based …