Ethics Panel Sends Norman Case To Fla. Senate

TALLAHASSEE,Fla.(AP) — The state Ethics Commission is sending Sen. Jim Norman’s financial disclosure case to the Florida Senate.

The Tampa Republican admitted he failed to timely disclose a $500,000 gift his wife received from a local businessman in a stipulation the commission approved Friday.

The panel, though, cannot take action against a lawmaker. It can only forward the case to the appropriate legislative chamber.

Norman’s lawyer, Mark Levine, says he will ask the Senate to take no action.

Levine says Norman’s failure to disclose the indirect gift and his interests in an Arkansas home and two boats his wife bought with the money were inadvertent.

He said the Hillsborough County attorney advised Norman, then a county commissioner, he didn’t have to disclose that information.

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