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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Wills for the defense

Posted By on Sat, Mar 7, 2009 at 8:03 AM

Speaker Robbie Wills responds to 1) criticism about his influence in the fate of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's ethics legislation and 2) about having self-interested people participate in the oversight of investment of taxpayer money in private enterprise.

1) He appoints the committee that will kill McDaniel's bill and he's already made known his disdain for key elements of the proposal. 2) his new legislation would specifically allow participation of self-interested people in oversight of giveaways of government money. Recusal on specific votes is simply not sufficient protection against the influence that a player has on his colleagues in the deliberative process, even in a general sense.

The general defense is that fine folks such as us would never err ethically and so codes of conduct that others routinely follow are unnecessary in the Arkansas legislature.  Right.

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