DEP Staffer Suspended Over Defending Wetlands; New Group In Florida Stands Up For Ethics and Against Corruption05/29/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Iâ€™m Rob Lorei. Coming up today weâ€™ll hear about the case of a state environmental worker- who was suspended for trying to protect wetlandsâ€¦ and weâ€™ll talk about ethics in Florida government. The state recently received a low grade on a corruption risk scorecardâ€¦.
But first four listener comments. One about our program last Friday on which we talked about the purge of Florida voter rolls. And two comments about yesterdayâ€™s interview with three Vietnam Veteransâ€”all of whom are members of the group Florida Veterans for Common Senseâ€¦plus a comment about the anti-war veterans on yesterday's Democracy Now Hereâ€™s what four listeners had to sayâ€¦.
Florida's top state wetlands expert has been suspended after she refused to issue a permit on a controversial project â€” one that she said her boss was willing to bend the rules to approve. Our next guest- Craig Pittman from the St. Tampa Bay Times broke the story. He joins us nowâ€¦.
In Floridaâ€™s House of Representatives there is a ban on members voting on issues that will benefit her/him financially. But, there's no such ban for Florida's state senators.
State Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, introduced Senate Bill 552 this year, which would prevent senators from proposing, participating in or voting on bills that would provide special, private benefits for themselves, their families or their employers.
But, the bill did not pass during the legislative session. Another Senate ethics bill died in committee. Under Senate Bill 1560 sponsored by John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, future lawmakers would have been banned from holding jobs or contracting with state colleges and universities.
Weâ€™re joined now by Dan Krassner of Integrity Florida â€“ a non-partisan group which has been looking into corruption and ethics problems here in Florida.