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  Florida leads U.S. in ethics offensesJun 08, 2012 11:24 AMSCCE Social Media Manager

Florida leads U.S. in ethics offenses
From: SCCE Social Media Manager
To: Multi-Industry Ethics
Posted: Jun 08, 2012 11:24 AM
Subject: Florida leads U.S. in ethics offenses
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By John Kennedy, Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau

TALLAHASSEE - Florida leads the nation in federal public corruption convictions over the past decade, according to a watchdog group that Wednesday urged lawmakers to give more investigative power to the state's Commission on Ethics.

Palm Beach County has contributed its share to the statistics, with four county commissioners pleading guilty to corruption charges over four years ending in 2010. Two West Palm Beach city commissioners served time in jail on corruption charges.

Integrity Florida, a research organization, said the first step should be for lawmakers to pay attention to the wish list of proposals the ethics panel is expected to approve June 15.

Among the recommendations - some a repeat from earlier years - is that the panel be authorized to begin its own investigations of possible wrongdoing, without waiting for a resident's complaint. Similar calls have been ignored by lawmakers, but Integrity Florida leaders said next year could prove different.

"2013 will be the year we see ethics reforms finally happen in Florida," said Dan Krassner, executive director of Integrity Florida, who co-authored the report on Florida with Research Director Ben Wilcox.

The report concluded that Florida had 781 public corruption convictions between 2000 and 2010, tops in the nation. California and Texas were close behind, with New York fourth. But Florida's corruptions history also contributed to it having three cities listed this year among Forbes magazine's "most miserable," with Miami No. 1, West Palm Beach No. 4 and Fort Lauderale No. 7.


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