The Jacksonville Metropolis Council might soon vote on a package deal of government transparency reforms that might require the town to publish digital communications exchanged between lawmakers and lobbyists and pressure corporations to share information about their political giving in an effort to do enterprise with the town.
Councilwoman Anna Brosche launched the laws in August, but she has spent a number of months advantageous tuning the bill in response to questions and considerations raised by metropolis attorneys.
The bill is about to be reviewed by the council Guidelines Committee next week. If it clears the committee, it is going to be ready for a last vote on the finish of the month.
The legislation included recommendations made by a process pressure reviewing the transparency of Metropolis Corridor, which issued a last report that found the Mayor’s Workplace and City Council “make it troublesome for the public to know governmental processes and selections.”
Brosche, who shaped the task pressure final yr when she was the council’s president, stated she included other measures in her laws based mostly on personal feedback she acquired, in addition to information stories from the previous few years.
These provisions embrace a requirement that corporations bidding for a metropolis contract value at the very least $1 million disclose details about political donations they’ve made. The invoice would also require elected and appointed officers to reveal information about journey prices which were paid for by a political committee.
The proposed travel disclosure requirements come after The Occasions-Union revealed several under-the-radar trips that Mayor Lenny Curry has taken on personal jets, together with a two-day, three-city journey on a aircraft owned by Jaguars proprietor Shad Khan, who’s in negotiations with the town for a mega-improvement alongside the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville.
In July 2017, Curry flew on Khan’s aircraft from Jacksonville to Kansas City, Mo., St. Louis and Baltimore together with his prime administrator and Jaguars president Mark Lamping to discuss downtown improvement concepts and for Curry to handle political business. Curry’s official calendar made no mention of his journey, and the town acknowledged primary particulars concerning the journey solely after The Occasions-Union came upon about it and asked questions.
The journeys offered a glimpse into part of Curry’s conduct as mayor that has been in any other case onerous to doc, where the strains between his public service and political ambitions can grow to be hazy.
Whereas metropolis officials can’t settle for presents value greater than $one hundred from any group that lobbies or does business with the town — which definitely consists of Khan and his soccer group — Florida’s marketing campaign finance laws permit political committees to pay for trips involving official business, as long as the official also conducts a small quantity of political business as nicely.
Curry’s now-defunct political committee, Build Something That Lasts, reimbursed Khan $1,416 for four flights he took on the jet. Days after…