Florida finance reform at a glance
Highlights of House Bill 569 on campaign finance bill:
Requires legislators to close current CCEs but allows the money to be transferred to other candidates, political committees and parties.
Raises campaign finance limits for statewide candidates to $3,000 for statewide candidates and Supreme Court judges, and to $1,000 for legislators and everyone else.
Requires accelerated reporting for statewide candidates, political committees and electioneering and communications organizations that are statewide -- estimated at about 28 each election year.
Allows a successful state candidate to retain up to $20,000 in campaign funds, for the same office, for re-election.
Removes requirement for petition candidates to repay 1 percent assessment before disposing of surplus funds.
Highlights of Senate Bill 2 on ethics:
Imposes a two-year ban on legislators from becoming executive branch lobbyists.
Allows the Ethics Commission to initiate investigations.
Allows elected officials to hold assets in a blind trust but does not prohibit the trust from investing in companies the officials regulate.
Allows legislators to accept honorarium under state gift ban.
Loosens limits on dual employment from previous versions of the bill -- exempting legislators if several criteria are all met -- such as having the job publicly advertised and being qualified for the job.
Increases time violators can be held accountable for their fines from four to 20 years.