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Ethics committee pondering stronger Senate disclosure rule…

Sen. Bert Brackett, R-Rogerson, said, "I'm going to recommend that this committee make a recommendation to the Senate to adopt a disclosure rule. Several things have surfaced in regard to disclosure and conflict of interest. There's been confusion, for example committee vs. on the floor of the Senate. There are several areas that have been unclear." Bracket moved that the committee recommend the Senate adopt a disclosure rule, and Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Coeur d'Alene, seconded the motion.

After some discussion, committee Chairman Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, said the panel will meet against Friday morning and requested that Brackett and Hammond withdraw the motion. Brackett said, "Mr. Chairman, with reluctance I will, I'll honor your request."

Afterward, Mortimer said he needs to get more information about the authority of the Ethics Committee in that area. Brackett said he'd still like to see the panel make that recommendation. "I think it was appropriate that this committee send a message to the body."

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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