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FLORIDA -- The senate Gaming Committee voted unanimously this afternoon to move forward with a bill that would ban internet cafes in Florida.
That move is tied to an investigation that prompted Jennifer Carroll to resign as the State's Lieutenant Governor.
Carroll did consulting work for internet cafe operator "Allied Veterans of the World."
A review of Carroll's *financial records should have raised red flags for the Rick Scott administration long before last week.
By the time Jennifer Carroll was sworn in as Florida's 18th Lieutenant Governor.
There were plenty of red flags in her financial disclosure that should have raised concerns for Rick Scott and his administration.
As a state legislator, Carroll failed to disclose a list of her assets for two years, and for one year, a list of her debts.
Integrity Florida calls the filings just the beginning of one error after another.
Dan Krassner, Integrity Florida
Carroll began her legislative career worth a half million dollars.
The next year it jumped to two point three million.
The next she mistakenly listed her assets at 23 million.
Another filing shows her net worth at 202 million.
The problem is that under Florida law, the ethics commission, which receives financial disclosure reports, which are given under oath, has no power to do anything when they see such grave errors or intentional omissions.
Phil Claypool, Former Ethics Commission Attorney
The Rick Scott campaign used two Washington D.C. firms to vet Carroll. A high level staff member of the campaign said it was quote "pretty hard to believe" the errors were missed.
Advocates say the Carroll case alone is reason for the Ethics Commission to have more power to investigate blatant errors and mistakes.
One of the firms used by the Scott campaign, "Caplin and Drysdale" also advised the McCain campaign in 2008.