Ethics, ethics, ethics. We have a bill. Yes, it does some good and I will vote for it. It mostly deals with legislators and their actions. Unfortunately, it has little to do with lobbyists who are a big part of the problem. Some legislators have spouses who are paid lobbyists-and that is just one loophole. Legislators can no longer be paid lobbyists, yet their spouses can. All they must do is state that their spouse is a lobbyist and NOT disclose how much they bring in except to say it is over $200.00.
Many argue their spouse or income of their spouse has no input on their decision-making. IF this is true, I know many spouses who will beg to differ and many companies that may want a refund for fees paid to a spouse of a legislator
Another problem is lobbyists who sit on boards that have strong input on legislation (for example TWRA). This should also stop.
Hopefully this bill can serve as starting point for future legislation to deal with the problems that remain. I know many of my constituents keep requesting cleaner, open government. I will keep working towards that goal. This small step gives us hope.