Integrity Florida is today releasing a new in-depth report examining election integrity in Florida. [Read more…] about Integrity Florida Election Report
Integrity Florida is launching a new anti-corruption website to help Floridians hold government accountable. [Read more…] about Integrity Florida Launches New Website to Counter Corruption
Ben Wilcox, research director of Integrity Florida, issued the following statement about Senate Bill 1372, which will be heard in the Senate Rules Committee at noon today. [Read more…] about Integrity Florida Press Statement
Ben Wilcox, research director of Integrity Florida, today issued the following statement about proposed legislation that would merge New College of Florida and Florida Polytechnic University into the University of Florida. [Read more…] about Integrity Florida Press Statement
Integrity Florida today is releasing a new in-depth report examining the strategy of preemption employed by the Florida legislature to erode the home rule authority of the state’s local governments. [Read more…] about Integrity Florida Report Examines Preemption Strategy
Integrity Florida is releasing a new in-depth report, examining the growth of the charter school sector in Florida and the impact it is having on the state’s public education system as a whole. [Read more…] about Integrity Florida Report Examines the Hidden Costs of the Charter School Industry
Integrity Florida releases a new report today examining how the quality and diversity of judicial nominations has changed under the Trump administration and what those changes mean for the country and for Floridians who rely on the courts for the fair administration of justice in criminal and civil cases. [Read more…] about New Integrity Florida Report Evaluates the Quality and Diversity of Federal Judicial Nominees
- Prohibit campaign contributions by regulated utilities to state candidates and political committees supporting or opposing state candidates.
- Customer expenses versus shareholder profits. Require disclosure when customers cover costs for political spending and lobbying through trade groups and associations.
- Political Committee reporting. Require more transparency by prohibiting transfers of money between political committees and clearly identifying in an easily searchable database those with ties to the committee.
- Lobby compensation reporting. Require legislative and executive branch lobbyists and firms to report the actual amount of compensation rather than a range as is currently required.
- Greater independence for the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). Because the Florida Public Service Commission is, by definition, a legislative agency and the Florida legislature sets budgets for the PSC and a committee selected by legislative leaders sends the governor a list of potential nominees to serve as Commissioners, greater independence is needed.
- The Florida PSC meets the criteria for a “captured” regulatory agency.
- The PSC needs more independence from the Florida Legislature.
- Residential energy customers need more balanced prioritization.
- Utilities are gaming the settlement process.
- The PSC is allowing utilities to shift risk from shareholders to customers.
- The Office of the Public Counsel needs more independence, just as the PSC, and should likewise be insulated from political considerations.
- Return the Public Service Commission to an elected body or a mix of elected and appointed members.
- If all or part of the Commission is elected, consider prohibiting candidates for the commission from accepting campaign contributions from interests whose businesses are regulated by the PSC.
- Broaden membership on the Public Service Commission Nominating Counsel to include, at minimum, consumer groups.
- Require that the Office of Public Counsel must agree to any PSC settlements for cases in which it participates.
- If the commission is to remain an appointed body, require that it be nonpartisan by allowing no more than three of the commissioners to be a member of the same political party.
- Make residential and small business customers the focus of the Office of Public Counsel.
- Provide more funding for Office of Public Counsel.
- Explore making the Office of Public Counsel an independent entity like the Florida Commission on Ethics.