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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Senator Bramble: 10 Ethics Bills in 2010

Senator Bramble's comments in the UVU debate last week:
This year, 10 bills dealing with ethics were passed by the legislature. Their provisions include an independent commission; prohibitions on campaign spending other than on the campaign; conflict of interest amendments; campaign disclosure requirements; open meetings requirements; and no gifts with value greater than $10.

All these things combined represent strong improvements, he said. By contrast, the UEG initiative is “frightening.”

“They give themselves the power of law. They give themselves the power of appropriation. They give themselves the power of subpoena, and to deem someone guilty of a felony,” Bramble said. “And all of that with no judicial review of any of their actions, period. This would be a miscarriage of justice.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The recent legislature's so called ethics reform left a lot to be desired in the way of ethics rules. The "strong improvements" cited by Bramble are lacking the following important elements:

-Lobbyists can still be legislators.

-Legislators can still become paid lobbyists as soon as they leave the Legislature, as long as they don’t join a lobbying firm.

-Legislators can still give their campaign money to other legislators or legislative candidates to buy influence among their colleagues.

-Accepting gifts from lobbyists that exceed the lobbying limits is apparently not considered an ethical violation.

-There are absolutely no limits on campaign contributions from corporations, individuals, or PACs. Utah is now one of only four states that has not established any limits.

What the legislature did this year because they felt the citizen's initiative nipping at their heels was a bit more than the "window dressing" token efforts of the past. However there is still a long way to go.

What is truly frightening is Senator Bramble's demonstrated lack of honesty and integrity in his quest for unbridled power in the legislature. Several of the proposed ethics rules of the citizens initiative have his name written all over them. It is no wonder he is so vehemently opposed to the initiative.

3/24/2010 7:21 PM  
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4/24/2010 9:25 AM  

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