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Mon., Jan. 10, 2011, 9:44 a.m.

Richert: Can Spencer File Complaint?

Can citizens file ethics complaints against sitting legislators? North Idaho political activist Larry Spencer insists he can pursue an ethics complaint against Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake. State officials, including House Speaker Lawerence Denney and a deputy attorney general, aren't so sure. In an article written by the Spokane Spokesman-Review's Betsy Russell, reprinted in the Dec. 27 Statesman, Denney downplays the notion of a citizen's complaint, but said he passed the complaint along to House Ethics Committee Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona. Said Denney, R-Midvale: "Our rules on ethics are basically for the House, and I think the attorney general will say that a complaint from other than a House member is not acceptable." Deputy attorney general Brian Kane concurred. "The general rule is that the House rules apply only to members of the House," Kane told Russell/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Should citizens be allowed to file ethics complaints against Idaho legislators?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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