Tuesday, May 03, 2005

There had to be a downside

Crackdown on lobbyists hits felons, too:
Lobbyists were in an uproar Monday over a proposal to ban felons from lobbying the Florida Legislature.

It was a last-minute amendment to Senate President Tom Lee's proposal to bring greater scrutiny to the lawmaking process.

Lee said he was unaware that any lobbyists had felony records until telephone calls and notes started pouring into the Senate chamber.
Ruh Oh!
The bill, which would require lobbyists to report the dollars they spend wining and dining lawmakers, passed the Senate 37-1.
The only senator to vote against the bill was Larcenia Bullard, D-Miami, who said it was "a slap in the face to think I'd sell my vote" to a lobbyist. She said the law will prohibit camaraderie among lobbyists and members.
So that's what they call it! Larcenia seems aptly named.