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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Ethics bills on the way

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 12:45 PM

A press release from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says his two ethics bills will be filed on Monday.  Catch the press release on the jump, and be sure to check out Max's column on the proposed legislation in this week's Times.   
ATTORNEY GENERAL’S ETHICS BILLS TO BE FILED MONDAY

LITTLE ROCK– Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today his two ethics bills will be filed in the Senate Monday, March 9, where he expects swift passage. The two bills saw minor changes and additions since being released in draft form last week.

Senator Steve Faris (D- Central) will be the lead sponsor on the bill that impacts lobbying practices; including reporting requirements, absentee lobbying, and preventing elected officials from acting like lobbyists. Senator Gilbert Baker (R-Conway) will be the lead sponsor on the bill to enact a one year cooling off period for legislators, agency heads, and chiefs of staff.

McDaniel expects both bills to easily pass thru the Senate, however, he is not as confident about the bills’ prospects in the House.

McDaniel will be available to discuss details, amendments, and prospect of passage today. He will be out of the country and unavailable for comment next week.

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