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By Nicholas Kusnetz, Center for Public Integrity tallahassee-capitol

The Republican-controlled Florida Senate unanimously passed a landmark ethics reform package on Tuesday, the first day of the legislative session, setting the stage for what could be the first major changes to the state’s ethics laws in decades.

The bills would strengthen provisions that prevent lawmakers from immediately becoming lobbyists, expand the powers of the state’s ethics commission and require that financial disclosure reports be posted online.

By Lloyd Dunkelberger and Michael Pollick, Sarasota Herald-Tribune  

Canadians wait to obtain an international driving permit in Montreal on Feb. 14. (Pierre Obendrauf / The Gazette)

Canadians wait to obtain an international driving permit in Montreal on Feb. 14. (Pierre Obendrauf / The Gazette)

Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmakers said they will work to alter or overturn a new law that requires Canadian and other foreign travelers to obtain international permits to drive in Florida.

The law, passed last year by the Legislature and signed by Scott, could be amended as early as March, when lawmakers officially convene. Typically, state laws go into effect in either July or October.