The governor, who will be sworn in for his second term tomorrow, will soon have to decide who will fill a seat currently vacant on the Miami-Dade school board as new legislation takes effect.
The new year begins with tough decisions for some elected officials in Florida, thanks to a law that finally went into effect.
“If you’re an elected official in Florida you have to make a decision: I’m going to be an elected official and not run a lobbying operation.”
In 2018, 79 percent of voters approved of restrictions in Florida’s constitution on lobbyists, and much more remains to be done after elected officials leave office.
“If you are a former elected official, you cannot represent private clients as a lobbyist for 6 years after you leave that position. Prior to this, state law was two years.”
The law covers school boards. School board member Lubi Navarro, who is one of the lobbyists for Broward Memorial Health System, has decided to resign from her school board position.
In his resignation letter dated 30 December, he said that he was leaving his post only to make ends meet and that his heart was set on serving the children of the community.
Over the past 4 years, the voter-approved legislation has faced several challenges in the courts by officials who argued, among other things, that lobbyists are part of the democratic system.
But since 2018, voters have demanded something very specific.
“The issue that voters have approved of whether you should be a lobbyist while you are an elected official is more transparency for many people.”
For many elected officials, that position is a part-time job that doesn’t pay much, and so they devote themselves to something else, like being a lobbyist.