After a 20-minute break, this afternoon’s legislative ethics training session has started back up. Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, announced, “I’d like to welcome our Secretary of State, Lawerence Denney. I appreciate him joining us for this portion of the session.” The next portion of the training session will be the specifics – do’s and don’ts, conflicts of interest, the public trust and the law, money and campaigns, and communications, including use of state email.
Jason Spillman, lead deputy attorney general for the Special Prosecutions Unit, is giving the presentation. “I normally encounter violations of ethics statutes, public corruption after it’s occurred,” Spillman told the lawmakers, “and my job is to prosecute that. So I appreciate the opportunity to practice a little preventative medicine today, instead of cleaning up a mess that’s already transpired.”