Florida To Set Residency Rules For Legislators

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Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Legislature is going to draw up new rules that spell out where legislators have to live.

Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford on Wednesday spelled out their plan after getting asked to investigate whether a half-dozen legislators were flouting existing state laws.

Recent media reports have raised questions on whether several legislators live in their districts.

In a letter to the Republican state senator who asked for a probe, the state's two legislative leaders said the Legislature has not developed a "clear set of principles" to determine residency. But the top legislators said they plan to develop those standards.

Gaetz and Weatherford also said they will ask state election officials to provide by September the addresses used by all legislators on their voter registration cards.

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