Florida Senate - 2016                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS/CS/CS/HB 651, 1st Eng.
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                Floor: 4/WD/2R         .                                
             03/07/2016 04:59 PM       .                                

       Senator Brandes moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Before line 111
    4  insert:
    5         Section 1. Present subsections (5) and (6) of section
    6  112.3143, Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections (6)
    7  and (7), respectively, and a new subsection (5) is added to that
    8  section, to read:
    9         112.3143 Voting conflicts.—
   10         (5)(a)If a public officer of an agency is an attorney or
   11  is employed or holds a contractual relationship with a
   12  professional association, he or she may not vote or otherwise
   13  participate in any matter in which an officer, a director, a
   14  manager, or an employee of the public officer’s law firm or
   15  professional association appears before the agency in a
   16  representative capacity or as an interested party. The public
   17  officer shall, before the vote is taken, publicly state to the
   18  assembly the reason for his or her abstention. The public
   19  officer may not discuss the matter with any other public officer
   20  or employee of the agency or any person who has or holds
   21  employment or a contractual relationship with the law firm or
   22  professional association.
   23         (b) As used in this subsection, the term “participate” has
   24  the same meaning as defined in paragraph (4)(c).
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   27  And the title is amended as follows:
   28         Delete lines 2 - 3
   29  and insert:
   30         An act relating to public agencies; amending s.
   31         112.3143, F.S.; prohibiting certain public officers
   32         from voting on or otherwise participating in a matter
   33         related to a law firm or professional association in
   34         which the public officer has an interest; requiring
   35         the public officer to make a public statement
   36         regarding a vote abstention; defining the term
   37         “participate”; amending s. 48.151, F.S.; authorizing
   38         the