Update: Ethics committee backs full inquiry on Hart/Betsy Russell, SR
Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, said there are three points in the ethics complaint: Theft of logs from state endowment lands, claiming that state and federal income taxes are unconstitutional, and personally benefiting from silver legislation. “We dealt in our last meetings about these items having to do with taxes,” Loertscher said. “We have disposed of those.” Rep. Bill Killen, D-Boise, said, however, that he’s “an opportunity to revisit the law” since then. Killen, an attorney, said, he discovered a section of law that “makes it a misdemeanor, makes it a crime to wilfully fail to pay your taxes”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.
- Motion passes 6-1
- Motion: Investigate full complaint further, meet again
- Sounds in the background
- Ethics panel debates whether already settle legislative privilege issue
- Panel debates whether it can talk about silver issue
- Silver coin issue 'murky' for ethics panel
- Kelso: Hart had on involvement with NORFED Liberty Dollars group in 2010
- Hart backers in audience grumble, call ethics meeting a 'circus'
- Ethics panel discusses relevancy of timber issue
- Kelso: 'Just an incredible fishing expedition'