Florida’s overall crime rate has dropped, and it’s the lowest it’s been in 42 years. But, despite the decline shown in a report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, there has been a slight uptick in certain violent crimes.
Floridians have four new ways to lodge ethics complaints against public officials. The change came as Gov. Rick Scott signed the final piece of a sweeping ethics reform package on Wednesday.
Scott’s signature opens up new avenues for people to report suspected government corruption. The new law allows the public to complain to law enforcement, U.S. and state attorneys or the governor’s office without their identity becoming public right away.