Corruption Risk Report: Enterprise Florida 2012 2
and practices that deter corruption and promote accountability and openness. Journalists gradedeach state government on its corruption risk using 330 specific measures. The Investigationranked every state from one to 50. Each state received a report card with letter grades in 14categories, including campaign finance, ethics laws, lobbying regulations, and management of state pension funds. Integrity Florida is using State Integrity Investigation results as a roadmapto focus our state-level research projects and as a scorecard to measure policy results
Are the secretive practices of Enterprise Florida increas
ing Florida’s corruption risk?
According to a February 2012 Enterprise Florida news release
, the organization’s top legislative
priorities were maintaining its own confidentiality. A corporate seat on the Enterprise Floridaboard of directors is typically obtained with a $50,000 annual investment and the
on numerous occasions about board member companies reaping taxincentive benefits. This report will identify new Enterprise Florida contracts created in 2011 toprovide additional tax incentive benefits to board member companies.Enterprise Florida board meetings are required to be open to the public and subject to the state's
. In practice, little information is proactively made available to the publicabout Enterprise Florida board meetings. For example, Integrity Florida was allowed to listen tothe Enterprise Florida Executive Committee conference call on April 10 where Integrity Floridalearned that the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors would be meeting at an evening receptionat Blue Cross Blue Shield (Florida Blue) in Jacksonville on May 9.
At the time of this report’s
publication, Enterprise Florida has not publicly noticed the details of the Enterprise Florida board
reception on May 9 despite Integrity Florida’s recommendation to do so
.Enterprise Florida does not publicly post online the meeting agenda packets, minutes or call-innumbers for Enterprise Florida Board of Directors, Executive Committee, StakeholdersCommittee meetings and meetings of its managed entities, including the Florida OpportunityFund Board.
Enterprise Florida’s leadership responded to Integrity Florida’s req
publication of these materials by email stating they are “. . . looking into changes on our postedagenda as you suggested”
and “. . . that it might be helpful to post the call
-in numbers and
agenda for upcoming meetings”
How transparent is Enterprise Florida compared to the Florida Legislature?
The Florida Legislature offers a stark contrast with its high level of transparency and openness.The legislature provides meeting agendas and meeting materials online in advance of committeemeetings, legislative committees are televised and streamed online, meeting minutes are postedonline in a timely manner following legislative meetings. In fact, State Integrity Investigationgave the Florida Legislature an A grade for its open and transparent redistricting process, whichincluded a significant number of public meetings and publicly accessible materials.
In 2012, the Florida Legislature passed CS/HB 7115, sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Patronis andSen. Evelyn Lynn, a bill that shortens the secrecy period for public records disclosure of somefinalized Enterprise Florida projects from two years to 180 days. Gov. Rick Scott signed this billon March 23
following a 39-0
vote in the Senate and a 116-0
vote in the House. But since