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Tallahassee city commissioners to take up ethics proposals in March

Several masked people in business suits sit around a large table
Tallahassee city commissioners discuss recommendations from the Independent Ethics Board at a workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022.

Tallahassee city commissioners are expected to consider next month a series of proposals that aim to increase government transparency.

The city’s Independent Ethics Board is recommending changes to the city's rules governing lobbying and whistleblower protections.

The commissioners voted during an ethics workshop on Wednesday to revisit the issues at a regular meeting in March.

At least one resident who's advocating for greater transparency says he's not optimistic the recommendations will pass anytime soon. Peter Butzin is with the Citizens for Ethics Reform, a coalition of residents advocating for more government transparency.

“They got bogged down in all the minutiae about the least important recommendations, and yet they failed to really discuss the most important recommendation, which was dealing with lobby disclosure and the definition of a lobbyist.”

Valerie Crowder hosts and produces state and local newscasts during All Things Considered. Her reporting on local government and politics has received state and regional award recognition. She has also contributed stories to NPR newscasts.