PROHIBITED EMPLOYMENT AND BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS
1. Doing Business With One’s Agency
(a) You may not purchase, rent, or lease any realty, goods, or services for the County from a business entity in
which you, your spouse or child own more than a 5% interest. [Sec. 112.313(3), Fla. Stat.]
(b) You may not rent, lease or sell any realty, goods, or services to the County. [Sec. 112.313(3), Fla. Stat.]
2. Conflicting Employment or Contractual Relationship
(a) You may not be employed by or contract with businesses or agencies regulated by or doing business with the
County. [Sec. 112.313(7), Fla. Stat.]
(b) You may not hold any employment or have a contractual relationship that will pose a frequently recurring
conflict between your private interests and public duties, or which will impede the full and faithful discharge
of your public duties. [Sec. 112.313(7), Fla. Stat.]
(c) Limited exceptions to this prohibition have been created (see Sec. 112.313(7)(a) and (b), Fla. Stat.).
3. Exemptions—Pursuant to Sec. 112.313(12), Fla. Stat., the prohibitions against doing business with the County and having
conflicting employment may not apply:
(a) When the business is rotated among all qualified suppliers in the County.
(b) When the business is awarded by sealed, competitive bidding and neither you, your spouse, nor child have
attempted to persuade County personnel to enter the contract. NOTE: Ethics Commission FORM 3A must be
filed with the Supervisor of Elections prior to or at the time of bid submission
(c) When the purchase or sale is for legal advertising, utilities service, or for passage on a common carrier.
(d) When an emergency purchase must be made to protect the public health, safety, or welfare.
(e) When the business entity is the only source of supply within the County and there is full disclosure of your
interest to the governing body on Commission FORM 4A.
(f) When the aggregate of business transactions does not exceed $500 in a calendar year.
(g) When the business transacted is the deposit of County funds in a bank of which you are an officer, director, or
stockholder, so long as County records show that the BoCC has determined that you did not favor your bank
over other qualified banks.
Adapted from, Guide to the Sunshine Amendment and Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees, State of Florida
Commission on Ethics (2012).
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