The Florida Legislatures criminal conflict of interest or where are the ethics?

From Scathing Purple Musings, by Bob Sykes
Did
Rep. Manny Diaz (R-Hialeah) know something that everyone else didn’t yesterday?
On
at least three occasions during yesterday’s house subcommittee  he
deflected colleagues questions about his charter school expansion bill with
references to a “task force” that was  working on details. Diaz
references to this task force in queries about lease agreements and the
proposed state standard contracts for charter schools puzzled many observers.
At the time of this post, Scathing Purple Musings has yet to learn which
task force Diaz was referring.
Yesterday’s House Education
Appropriations hearing was the most impressive charter  school conflict of
interest to date.  Rep. Erik Fresen, whose sister is vice president of
Academica Charter Schools , presided over a hearing that an employee of Academica in Diaz was sponsoring a
bill which benefits Academica.
Fresen
clearly attempted to suppress  questioning of Diaz during the hearing,
After a question from Rep. Mia Jones (D-Jacksonville) Fresen asked that
committee members to limit their questions to “fiscal” issues as the bill would
be moving on to the full Education Committee. Jones politely responded to
Fresen that she doesn’t have a seat on that committee. When Jones
began her questions again,  Diaz began playing his “task force” card.
Maybe
both Fresen and Diaz knew they weren’t going to get those standard contracts
that charter schools wanted anyhow. Miami Herald reporter
Kathleen McGrory reports that republicans in the Florida Senate feel
differently.
At
any rate, how long will Floridians accept such questions ethical clashes? Why
didn’t Fresen recuse himself and why is it ok for Diaz to sponsor a bill which
benefits his own employer who pays him $100,000?

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