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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Conflict of interest R Us

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Rep. Kathy Webb got her vote today on the modest bill to discourage state board members (through fines) from voting on matters on which they KNOW they or family or employer have a financial conflict of interest. The Farm Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce insisted that their subsidiary legislators vote against this bill. They gave no good reasons.

The vote was 38-47-1. The roll call will be here eventually. I'm most interested not just in the "nays," but in those 14 too chicken to vote. (Though absence is same as a no.) Hmm. Chicken. Freudian slip.

Roll call is now up. Shame on Les Carnine, again. He voted "present," effectively a no vote. The temperate school superintendent we once knew in Little Rock apparently shed any pretense of moderation to get and hold onto a legislative seat from Republandia. Though, here, a number of Republicans were on the right side.

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