TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Ethics Commission has drawn the line on writing off old financial disclosure fines.
The panel on Friday refused to give up on collecting more than $15,000 in fines levied in 2002 from 15 people still holding public jobs or offices.
The commissioners exempted them from a motion to write off about $165,000 in fines owed by 137 other violators.
That's on top of about $200,000 in fines the panel wrote off last month.
The statute of limitations - four or five years depending on the case - has run out on those cases.
And collection agencies hired by the state have been unable to collect the fines that range from $25 to $1,500.
The commission plans to alert the scofflaws' agencies that they still haven't paid up.
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