• Florida Strengthens Its Anticorruption Laws To Target Dishonest Contractors
  • August 9, 2016
  • Law Firm: Peckar Abramson A Professional Corporation - River Edge Office
  • On March 25, 2016, the Governor of Florida signed into law an anti-corruption bill, HB 7071, which allows prosecutors to bring charges more easily when they allege bribery, bid rigging and official misconduct. By amending portions of Chapter 838, Fla. Stats., the new anti-corruption bill expands accountability to the employees and officers of companies that pay bribes or offer rewards to any city, county or state official in exchange for a government contract or procuring government business. The amendments also loosen the standard of proof required to verify a violation of the anti-corruption law. Prosecutors now only need to prove a “knowingly and willful” violation, as opposed to demonstrating that a public officer had “corrupt intent” when receiving a payment or steering business to a particular contractor. The new changes to Florida’s anti-corruption laws go into effect on October 1, 2016.