Florida Senate - 2018                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS/CS/HB 883, 2nd Eng.
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       Senator Thurston moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (333236) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Between lines 4 and 5
    5  insert:
    6         Section 1. Paragraph (c) is added to subsection (7) of
    7  section 112.313, Florida Statutes, to read:
    8         112.313 Standards of conduct for public officers, employees
    9  of agencies, and local government attorneys.—
   11         (c)Notwithstanding paragraph (a), a public officer of a
   12  county or city commission, council, or board may hold an
   13  employment or contractual relationship with a law firm when one
   14  or more of the firm’s lawyers represents a client before the
   15  public officer’s commission, council, or board if the public
   16  officer satisfies the following requirements every time a lawyer
   17  of the firm appears before the commission, council, or board:
   18         1.The public officer abstains from voting on any matter in
   19  which the lawyer is appearing, publicly states the reason for
   20  the abstention, and provides a written disclosure as prescribed
   21  in s. 112.3143(3)(a).
   22         2.The public officer recuses himself or herself from any
   23  questions, discussions, or debate on any such matter.
   24         3.The public officer does not discuss any such matter with
   25  another officer of the commission, council, or board, or any
   26  staff member thereof.
   28  A public officer with an employment or contractual relationship
   29  with a law firm who fails to satisfy the requirements in this
   30  paragraph is deemed to have violated this subsection.
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   33  And the title is amended as follows:
   34         Between lines 123 and 124
   35  insert:
   36         112.313, F.S.; authorizing specified public officers
   37         to have a contractual or employment relationship with
   38         certain law firms if designated conditions are met;
   39         amending s.