Fla. Ethics Panel Approves Haridopolos Settlement

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

The state Ethics Commission has approved a settlement of financial disclosure violations by Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, but it includes no penalty.

The Merritt Island Republican admits in the settlement that he
violated the Florida Constitution by failing to fully disclose his
financial interests for five years from 2004 through 2008.

The commission, which took action Friday, Dec. 3, has no authority to
penalize lawmakers. The case next goes to the Senate Rules
Committee which could recommend a penalty to the full chamber,
which has final authority.

Haridopolos' lawyer, Pete Dunbar, said he would urge the Senate
to impose no penalty because the errors were clerical in nature and
unintentional.


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