- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - An omnibus anti-corruption bill still faces an uncertain future in the Senate after passing in the state House.

The House approved the bill Monday 104-3. But in the Senate, it has failed to receive committee approvals needed before a floor vote.

The bill aims to end what a 2009 statewide grand jury called a corruption tax resulting from misconduct by public officials and government contractors.

House Bill 593 redefines corruption in criminal law to make it easier for prosecutors to prove cases. It adds new restrictions on outside employment by legislators, and it increases requirements for financial reporting by local officials and lobbyists.

A shorter version of the bill including the corruption redefinition has also passed the House and is ready for a Senate vote.

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