Below is a link to their findings:
Some statements in the report are a little to close to home for many of our elected officials. Some even make the statement in the press.
- "We heard testimony about a legislator who wanted to secure parking for a football game in a full lot. When the legislator was told he would not be let in, he tried to use his public position of authority to gain access to the parking lot. We find no reason that actions such as this should require a corrupt element to be a civil violation of the Code of Ethics."
- "Amend F.S. 112.3143 by replacing the language “special private gain or loss” with “any gain or loss.”
- "In addition, the Florida House and Senate have rules requiring disclosure of potential conflicts of interest and abstention from voting. House and Senate rules can be stricter than the Florida statutes. Both Senate and House rules regarding conflict of interest use the term “special private gain”. Senate Rule 1.20 requires every Senator, unless excused, to be present and vote on each question in Chamber or committee. “However, a Senator may abstain from voting if, in the Senator’s judgment, a vote on a question would constitute a conflict of interest as defined in section 112.312(8), Florida Statutes.”
These citizens recommendations as a Grand Jury were largely ignored by the State.