Democrats ask Hutchinson to put ethics legislation on session call | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Democrats ask Hutchinson to put ethics legislation on session call

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 7:23 AM

Senate Democrats have asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to put ethics legislation on his call for a special legislative session on other issues.

Hutchinson was noncommittal when asked about it yesterday. I noticed on Twitter an objection already from one Republican senator, Missy Irvin.

I'd predict there's no hunger among Republicans for ethics legislation now that they are in charge. The Democrats are doing what Republicans failed to do as the minority party — make ethics their campaign issue.

This is some sensible stuff:

* Repeal the mulligan rule on ethics violations that allows a candidate to claim an oversight on violations big and small and to correct illegal reporting after it has been called to their attention.

* Prohibit politicians from having multiple PACs (and thus essentially sidestep the $5,000 PAC contribution limit on the corporate money that funds these PACs. Now that individual corporate contributions are banned, the powerful legislators and governor are amassing big sums in PACs).

* Prohibit lobbyists loans to legislators — such as Sen Jake Files got from lobbyist Bruce Hawkins.

* Require financial reporting by dark money groups that have become major players in Arkansas elections.

As it now stands — based on control of power and recent reported abuses — these laws would have a negative impact primarily on Republicans. Which is why I don't expect to see them on a special session call. But the talk can't hurt.

Rep. Clarke Tucker thinks there's an opening, particularly, to require some disclosure on spending in state judicial races, which would be a giant step forward. If the governor is serious about his concern with dark money in judicial races, this is something he could do NOW.

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Open line and Civil War update

    More Confederacy defenders were on hand in Bentonville against imagined threats to a one of hte Confederate statues put up long after the Civil War to spin a narrative about the noble Lost Cause.
    • Aug 20, 2017
  • Three dead in WLR

    Three dead in suspected double murder-suicide in West Little Rock.
    • Aug 20, 2017
  • One dead in shooting at Buffalo National River

    KTHV reports a man was fatally shot Saturday at the Buffalo National River in Searcy County in what is being called an officer-involved shooting. No other details at the moment.
    • Aug 20, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Al Gore remembers Dale Bumpers

    Former Vice President Al Gore, a former U.S. Senate colleague of Dale Bumpers, sent a statement on Bumpers' death Friday:
    • Jan 3, 2016
  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • Jason Rapert vs. Wikipedia

    Sen. Jason Rapert against the world: Wikipedia edition.
    • Jan 23, 2016

Most Shared

  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.
  • Lynchings hidden in the history of the Hot Springs Confederate monument

    Hot Springs twice erupted into the kind of violence that has its roots in the issues left unresolved by the Civil War, and both times, it happened right where that monument to Confederate soldiers stands today.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation