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Ethics commission: Sen. Diaz de la Portilla probably broke ethics rules

AP: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida state senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla is facing an ethics charge that he failed to properly report his finances.

The Florida Ethics Commission on Wednesday released findings from its closed-door meeting held last Friday.

The commission found probable cause that the senator violated ethics laws because he did not list his checking account on forms he initially filed. Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, is chairman of the Senate subcommittee that deals with ethics and election laws.

The commission also concluded the senator failed to timely disclose retirement accounts. But the commission said there was no reason to pursue that charge any further.

Diaz de la Portilla's attorney has said his client did not report the checking accounts because he had listed his income elsewhere on the forms.

Here's the backstory on the ethics complaint

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