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Villalobos tries again to crack down on lying lobbyists

It's Sen. Alex Villalobos' legislative swan song this year -- and he's trying yet again to require lobbyists to tell the truth in committee meetings. It's a perennial issue for him, though the bill always seems to bog down in the House. (Last year it cleared the full Senate but stalled in the other chamber.)

"People come up here and lie to the Legislature every day," Villalobos said. "And we pass bills based on their lies."

The bill -- which exempts children, lawmakers and legislative employees -- makes it a felony for someone to make a false statement "that he or she does not believe to be true." It cleared the Senate Criminal Justice committee unanimously today, with one more stop before the Senate floor.


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Stella Crespo

Senator Villalobos did what every politician should do, vote for what is right. So many other politicians vote to advance themselves in their own party. Congratulations for having the moral strength to stand up for what is right.

Gail Tucker

Thank you HONORABLE Representative Villalobos. Thank you as well for having the integrity to vote against the class size revisions of our party "leadership". Since when does the voice of the people not matter so let's just dump what is voted and stated by THE PEOPLE? I am ashamed of the Party leadership in Florida's legislature who are puppets of our FORMER governor and let there be no mistake we shall all REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER....of 2010, 2011, 2012,......until we've thrown out all the other representatives who have no backbone or integrity.

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