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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The Florida Senate on Monday unanimously approved a limited exception to a law that prevents legislators from accepting gifts or other things of value from lobbyists.

The bill (SB 984), filed by Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, would allow governmental entities to make available facilities or property to lawmakers if there is a “public purpose.”

Many local governments employ or hire lobbyists.

An identical House bill (HB 599), filed by Rep. Hazel Rogers, D-Lauderdale Lakes, has cleared its committees and is ready to go to the full House.

“The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.”