Board member resigns over state lobbying ban

Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 11:29 p.m.
Coral Gables lawyer Miguel De Grandy resigned this week from the state's higher education governing board, which will cast a much-talked-about vote today on whether to authorize a school of chiropractic at Florida State University.
A proposal making its way through the state Senate banning people serving on state boards from lobbying before the Senate apparently convinced De Grandy that he should relinquish his seat.
In a letter to Gov. Jeb Bush, De Grandy, a former member of the House of Representatives, said he disagrees with the proposal but recognizes that the Legislature has the right to pass its own rules.
As an attorney, he said he represents clients that could require his service in Tallahassee.
"The proposal currently under consideration by the senate would restrict my ability to effectively represent my clients, contrary to the oath I took 23 years ago when I became a member of the Florida Bar," De Grandy wrote.
Board member Steve Uhlfelder, a Tallahassee lawyer and longtime lobbyist, also opposes the proposal being pushed by Senate President Tom Lee, and in a much-reported incident shouted at the Senate president. He has since apologized.

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