Florida – Lobbying Restrictions Upheld on Appeal

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A lawsuit challenging outside lobbying restrictions on officeholders passed as part of a 2018 initiative reached the 11th Circuit last Thursday, where the restrictions were upheld.


The law being challenged prohibits officeholders from lobbying other governments for compensation while in office, and was subject to an injunction barring its enforcement before this current ruling.  Thursday’s three-judge panel stayed that injunction, allowing its enforcement to continue, with the sole exemption being against the plaintiff Miami-Dade County commissioner.


Where the plaintiffs argue the restrictions unconstitutionally restrict their speech, the state argues that the restrictions are reasonable in light of the risk for quid-pro-quo corruption.

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