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Sunshine Law wins unanimous support

Sen. Kate Kelly, D-Boise, speaks in favor of Sunshine Law amendments to impose Idaho's first financial disclosure requirement for elected officials and candidates. The bill won unanimous support from the Senate State Affairs Committee, and now moves to the full Senate. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)
Sen. Kate Kelly, D-Boise, speaks in favor of Sunshine Law amendments to impose Idaho's first financial disclosure requirement for elected officials and candidates. The bill won unanimous support from the Senate State Affairs Committee, and now moves to the full Senate. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

The Senate State Affairs Committee has voted unanimously in favor of SB 1156, the Sunshine Law amendment to require Idaho's first-ever financial disclosure of income sources and assets for elected officials and candidates. Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, expressed some doubts. "I'm not convinced at this point that this is really gonna solve what we think it's gonna solve," he said. "This is the nose under the camel's tent. ... I hesitate to see us start fixing something that's not broken." He added, "I personally feel we have a hard enough time getting good, honest people to run for government, and then we start making it more onerous or more inquisitive." Senate Minority Leader Kate Kelly, D-Boise, noted that financial disclosure requirements long have been in effect for those from Idaho running for federal office. "Certainly with regard to congressional races, it doesn't seem to have discouraged candidates," she said.

When it came time for a vote, the committee was unanimous - not even Pearce objected. The bill now moves to the full Senate with a recommendation that it "do-pass."




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