Contact: Lindsay Potvin
Research Groups to Release Analysis of County Ethics Laws and Reforms
Florida State’s LeRoy Collins Institute and Integrity Florida find Florida’s counties moving beyond state in ethics reforms
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State University’s LeRoy Collins Institute (LCI) and Integrity Florida will release the latest Tough Choices report that analyzes Florida’s local governments’ ethics reforms and policies on Thursday, November 29 at 9:30 a.m. at the Florida Press Center. While Florida’s statewide ethics laws have been essentially frozen in time since Governor Reubin O’D. Askew championed reform in the 1970s, the report finds ethics reforms at the county and city level are alive and growing. Florida Counties Bridge the Ethics Policy Gap analyzes survey results on ethical programs and reforms in 45 of Florida’s 67 counties focusing on the areas of ethics policy, ethics enforcement, lobbying, campaign financing and procurement.
What: LeRoy Collins Institute & Integrity Florida press conference to release Florida Counties Bridge Ethics Policy Gap
o Allison DeFoor, D. Min., LCI board chair
o Dr. Carol Weissert, LCI director, political science professor at FSU and co-author of the report
o Dan Krassner, Integrity Florida’s executive director and co-author of the report
When: Thursday, November 29 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Florida Press Center, 336 E. College Ave., Suite 203 Tallahassee, FL 32301
About the LeRoy Collins Institute: Established in 1988, the LeRoy Collins Institute is an independent, non-profit organization which studies and promotes creative solutions to key private and public issues facing the people of Florida and the nation. The Institute, located in Tallahassee at the Florida State University, is affiliated and works in collaboration with the State University System of Florida. Named in honor of former Florida Governor LeRoy Collins, the Institute is governed by a distinguished board of directors, chaired by Allison DeFoor, D. Min. Other board members include executives, local elected officials and senior professionals from throughout the state.
About Integrity Florida: Integrity Florida is a nonpartisan research institute and government watchdog whose mission is to promote integrity in government and expose public corruption. The organization’s vision is government in Florida that is the most open, ethical, responsive and accountable in the world.