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Fla. officials profit from weak ethics laws

Bob Mahlburg of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reviewed state financial disclosure records to show Florida's weak ethics laws and how state and local officials with real estate investments walk a tightrope between their public posts and personal profits. "State Sen. Mike Bennett has made more than $2 million renting office space to a state agency he helps oversee." The investigation also explained how Florida, which once had some of the nation's toughest ethics laws, now lags most major states and
shows little apparent interest in changing.

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