Florida Governor Says New Reform Bill Needs Work

The bill bans lobbyists, many of whom crowd the Capitol's fourth floor, from giving any gifts to lawmakers.

That includes the meals and drinks historically used to get lawmakers’ attention on issues of concern to the lobbyists’ big-money clients.

While the governor appreciates the reform effort, he says it needs some clarification.

Gov. Jeb Bush says, “We’re proud of Black History Month, and we celebrate it pretty robustly across the state. We get sponsors for that. Now, is that a gift? If it’s a gift, can we no longer do it? I’m not sure the Legislature intended to shut down Black History Month as part of this effort.”

When lawmakers return for their regular legislative session in the spring the, governor hopes lawmakers can also close some of the bill's loopholes involving campaign financing.