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Former Sen. Storms amends financial form


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TALLAHASSEE - Two missing words caused the state's ethics watchdog on Wednesday to find that former state Sen. Ronda Storms hadn't properly disclosed her finances.

The Florida Commission on Ethics announced its official finding that Storms, a Valrico Republican, filed an incomplete "Full and Public Disclosure of Financial Interests" form for 2011.

The reason? According to Storms, she forgot to put the word "Florida" before the listing of her children's prepaid college account, and she left out the name of her bank before her checking and savings accounts.

"Hey, they say jump, I say how high," said Storms, who served in the Senate from 2006 to 2012. "I was chagrined."

Storms said Wednesday that she fixed those omissions when alerted by commission staff. The commission's news release said it was taking no further action against her.

In other action, the commission found that Sen. Maria Sachs, a Delray Beach Democrat, "failed to properly disclose a condominium unit, income from her position as a legislator, and her net worth on her 2008, 2009 and 2010 Form 6 disclosures," the release said.

Sachs also corrected her form and the commission decided to take no further action.

Other lawmakers found to have incompletely filled out 2011 disclosures are Reps. Dennis Baxley, an Ocala Republican, Janet Adkins, a Fernandina Beach Republican, and former Sen. Stephen Wise, a Jacksonville Republican.

As with the others, they filed amended forms and no further action was taken.

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