TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Chances of a House priority campaign finance bill passing this session are dwindling, and a Senate proposal to make sweeping ethics changes could be a casualty along with it.
The Senate Rules Committee approved a campaign finance bill (SB 1382) Tuesday only after increased campaign contribution limits were stripped from it. The action came the day after Gov. Rick Scott's office said he wouldn't support a bill that would raise campaign contribution limits above the $500 now in law.
Sen. Jack Latvala said the House has tied the issue to the Senate's efforts to change ethics laws. The Senate passed its ethics bill (SB 2) on the first day of session.
House Speaker Will Weatherford used his Twitter account to say, "Campaign finance dead? Session has only just begun. :)"