Florida Senate - 2014 SB 848 By Senator Margolis 35-00815-14 2014848__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to gaming; providing a short title; 3 prohibiting applicants and permitholders of pari 4 mutuel permits from contributing to certain campaign 5 accounts and political committees; defining the term 6 “department officials”; prohibiting specified conduct 7 or employment by department officials; providing an 8 effective date. 9 10 WHEREAS, public confidence of the residents of this state 11 is important to ensure success of the gaming industry in the 12 State of Florida, and 13 WHEREAS, the public has greater confidence with the 14 assurance of increased controls restricting the ability of the 15 gaming industry to directly influence the political process, and 16 WHEREAS, public confidence is increased by transparency and 17 accountability in the regulation of the gaming industry, and 18 WHEREAS, it is imperative that regulators of the gaming 19 industry be held to a high standard of conduct, NOW, THEREFORE, 20 21 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 22 23 Section 1. This act may be cited as the “Public Confidence 24 in Gaming Act.” 25 Section 2. Employment and political activity restrictions; 26 pari-mutuel applicants and permitholders and specified 27 department officials.— 28 (1) A person or entity who applies to the Division of Pari 29 mutuel Wagering within the Department of Business and 30 Professional Regulation for a permit to conduct pari-mutuel 31 operations or who holds a permit to conduct such operations 32 pursuant to chapter 550, Florida Statutes, may not make a 33 contribution to the campaign account of an officeholder of, or a 34 candidate for, the office of Governor, Attorney General, Chief 35 Financial Officer, Commissioner of Agriculture, state senator, 36 or state representative. In addition, such person or entity may 37 not make a contribution to a political committee of which such 38 officeholder or candidate is a member. 39 (2)(a) As used in this subsection, the term “department 40 officials” refers to the following positions within the 41 Department of Business and Professional Regulation: 42 1. The Secretary of Business and Professional Regulation. 43 2. The chief of staff. 44 3. The general counsel. 45 4. The division director, deputy director, chief of 46 auditing, chief of operations, chief of investigations, chief of 47 slot operations, revenue program administrator, licensing 48 administrator, administrator of the state compliance agency, and 49 regional program administrators of the Division of Pari-mutuel 50 Wagering. 51 (b) Department officials are prohibited from: 52 1. Holding, or being a candidate for, public office or 53 taking an active part in a political campaign while employed by 54 the department. 55 2. Holding other employment, including receiving 56 compensation or other remuneration for speaking at or attending 57 an event associated with the gaming or pari-mutuel industry. 58 3. Accepting employment from or entering into a contractual 59 relationship with an entity of the gaming or pari-mutuel 60 industry for 4 years after termination of his or her employment 61 with the department. 62 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.