Florida Senate - 2014                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for SB 230
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                Floor: 2/AD/2R         .                                
             03/20/2014 02:41 PM       .                                

    1         Senate Substitute for Amendment (438032) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Delete lines 301 - 363
    5  and insert:
    6         (6) A member or the executive director of the authority may
    7  not:
    8         (a) Personally represent another person or entity for
    9  compensation before the authority for a period of 2 years
   10  following vacation of his or her position.
   11         (b) After retirement or termination, have an employment or
   12  contractual relationship with a business entity other than an
   13  agency as defined in s. 112.312, in connection with a contract
   14  in which the member or executive director personally and
   15  substantially participated in through decision, approval,
   16  disapproval, recommendation, rendering of advice, or
   17  investigation while he or she was a member or employee of the
   18  authority.
   19         (7) The authority’s general counsel shall serve as the
   20  authority’s ethics officer.
   21         (8) Authority board members, employees, and consultants who
   22  hold positions that may influence authority decisions shall
   23  refrain from engaging in any relationship that may adversely
   24  affect their judgment in carrying out authority business. To
   25  prevent such conflicts of interest and preserve the integrity
   26  and transparency of the authority to the public, the following
   27  disclosures must be made annually on a disclosure form:
   28         (a) Any relationship a board member, employee, or
   29  consultant has which affords a current or future financial
   30  benefit to such board member, employee, or consultant, or to a
   31  relative or business associate of such board member, employee,
   32  or consultant, and which a reasonable person would conclude has
   33  the potential to create a prohibited conflict of interest. As
   34  used in this subsection, the term “relative” has the same
   35  meaning as in s. 112.312.
   36         (b) Whether a relative of a board member, employee, or
   37  consultant is a registered lobbyist, and if so, the names of the
   38  lobbyist’s clients. Such names shall be provided in writing to
   39  the ethics officer.
   40         (c) Any and all interests in real property that a board
   41  member, employee, or consultant has, or that a relative,
   42  principal, client, or business associate of such board member,
   43  employee, or consultant has, if such real property is located
   44  within, or within a one-half mile radius of, any actual or
   45  prospective authority roadway project. The executive director
   46  shall provide a corridor map and a property ownership list
   47  reflecting the ownership of all real property within the
   48  disclosure area, or an alignment map with a list of associated
   49  owners, to all board members, employees, and consultants.
   50         (9) The disclosure forms required under subsection (9) must
   51  be reviewed by the ethics officer or, if a form is filed by the
   52  general counsel, by the executive director.
   53         (10) The conflict of interest process shall be outlined in
   54  the authority’s code of ethics.
   55         (11) Authority employees and consultants are prohibited
   56  from serving on the governing body of the authority while
   57  employed by or under contract with the authority.
   58         (12) The code of ethics policy shall be reviewed and
   59  updated by the ethics officer and presented for board approval
   60  at a minimum of once every 2 years.
   61         (13) Employees shall be adequately informed and trained on
   62  the code of ethics and shall continually participate in ongoing
   63  ethics education.
   64         (14) The requirements in subsections (6) through (14) are
   65  in addition to the requirements that the members and the
   66  executive director of the authority are required to follow under
   67  chapter 112.
   68         (15) Violations of subsections (6), (8), and (11) are
   69  punishable in accordance with s. 112.317.
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   72  And the title is amended as follows:
   73         Delete lines 23 - 33
   74  and insert:
   75         under certain circumstances; requiring authority board
   76         members, employees, and consultants to make certain
   77         annual disclosures; requiring an ethics officer to
   78         review such disclosures; requiring the authority code
   79         of ethics to include a conflict of interest process;
   80         prohibiting authority employees and consultants from
   81         serving on the board during their employment or
   82         contract period; requiring the code of ethics to be
   83         reviewed and updated at least every 2 years; requiring
   84         employees to participate in ongoing ethics education;
   85         providing penalties; amending s.