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Thu., July 9, 2009, 6:20 p.m.

Denney now says he’ll allow full hearing on Sunshine Law expansion

The Idaho House speaker who single-handedly killed legislation this year to require personal financial disclosure from the state’s elected officials now says he won’t do it again. “In the upcoming session, if it comes back, I think we will try to make sure that it gets the full hearing and see where it goes,” said House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale.

The bipartisan bill, which passed the Senate unanimously and was drafted in part by Gov. Butch Otter's office, died this year when Denney held it at his desk and never assigned it to a committee for a hearing. Recently, Idaho was again ranked last in the nation for its financial disclosure requirements for lawmakers. Jon Hanian, spokesman for Otter, said, "We've worked on this issue in the past and we're going to continue to work on it." Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, said, “I applaud the speaker for his willingness to make progress on this legislative concept in the upcoming year, and look forward to working with" the House on the measure. You can read my full story here at

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