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Naples City Council considering new ethics guidelines

Posted at 7:47 AM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 07:47:31-04

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Naples City Council is set to vote on Wednesday on proposed ethics changes.

The Naples Daily News (http://bit.ly/2bZeBb3 ) reports that the new guidelines for public officials would include eliminating a rule that forbids council members from doing business with firms seeking council approval for projects.

City attorney Bob Pritt is proposing replacing language with that is more in line state guidelines. It would forbid council members from having a professional relationship with businesses subject only to the "regulation" of government.

Vice mayor Linda Penniman told the newspaper that she thinks the state ethics guidelines are "too ambiguous."

The council unanimously approved Pritt's proposal on first reading Aug. 17, but some council members said last week they have reconsidered.

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Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, http://www.naplesnews.com

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