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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


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/08/2631715/fla-state-senator-facing-ethics.html#storylink=cpy

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joeblow

the DLP brothers are the sleaziest, scummiest POS to ever represent Floridians in the legislature.
they should send these three buffoons on the banana boat back to Cuba.
Fidel would be waiting for them, promptly arrest them and line them up in front of a firing squad.
sometimes you have to admit Cuba is much more advanced than Floriduh!

Bobby Ramirez

This joeblow racist can't even spell. This is typical liberal media messing with a Republican Senator. Senator DLP listed his income on stupid form. When he amends he is only amending the fact that he Banks at Suntrust. No change in income or amounts needed. Where's the Ethics complaint on Obama for giving Solyandra a $500 million subsidy? Money that the failed Obama crony company will never repay?

Debbie Israel

Senator DLP sponsored a bill, then was pressured by his cronies not to support it. He has turned his back on thousands of Floridians in need of relief from the bondage of lifetime alimony. He heard stories personally, horror stories where people's lives are in ruin. Did he care? No! He wants to be able to satisfy his cronies in the FL Bar who are against reform, pro maximum litigation. I am not at all surprised he has other ethics issues. He needs to be voted out of office in 2012. I will work for his opponent. He is a corrupt politician. This is a non partisan issue, has nothing to do with party affiliation. Corruption exists on both sides of the aisle.

Chris Spears

Time for DLP to go. He sponsored a bill just to control it for the FL BAR. He is not representing the people. Only looking after his own personal interest. Thousands of men and women in Florida are suffering and he brought a watered down, litigation loaded alimony reform bill to the Senate. Using words to change the powerful word of permanent to long term but making the punishment exactly the same. Leaving a new spouses income as fair game for an alimony recipient. Saying that judges 'may' reduce or stop alimony upon a supportive relationship. This legislation was a joke and no where near what we need in Florida. Don't worry, Florida Alimony Reform.com, will grow and become more powerful. There is no stopping something that's time has come. If set guidelines are good enough for children than why not for adults? Stop the litigation.

Paige

I am thoroughly disgusted with this Senator!!! I just moved to Miami this month and will be here for the next election! You can bet I will be doing what I can to assist his opponent in unseating this unethical jerk that has no business representing the people of Florida!!!!!!

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