Campaign Law Effective Thursday

By: Hermelinda Vargas
By: Hermelinda Vargas

A new law that went into effect Thursday requires politicians to provide more disclosure information on their campaign signs.

Candidates have been outspoken about changing the rules in the middle of the campaign year, but the state legislature may be cutting the candidates some slack.

State attorney candidate Sister Blackmon Milligan was already prepared to change all of her signs to comply with the new law effective Thursday, but now she won't have to.

"I am as happy as I can be. I have now place a call to all our volunteers and said you don't have to go to all the streets and everything and put little disclaimers on these signs which we were ready to do," says Sister Blackmon Milligan, state attorney candidate.

Milligan's democratic opponent, Steve Meadows is equally relieved.

"I'm incredibly pleased. It's applying common sense reasonably standard, which is the way we should interpret all our laws," says state attorney candidate, Steve Meadows.

The new law would have forced all Florida candidates to spell out the disclaimer on the bottom of their signs. Now, they'll only have to eliminate abbreviations for signs they buy starting today, July 1.

Bay county supervisor of elections, Mark Andersen is himself relieved because of the extra work the law has created for his office, but he stresses that candidates will be wise to follow the law when purchasing new signs.

"They are going to be very, very specific to this disclosure, and anyone who veers from this disclosure will have an ethics issue to deal with."

The big concern for candidates was tracking down signs, already on display, and the cost of adding the new information.


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