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Thu., March 22, 2012, 8:23 a.m.

Pearce: Ethics System Broken

If he had it to do all over again, Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, said he would disclose earlier that he had leased the rights to drill for oil and gas on his land. After the Senate Ethics Committee voted 6-0 Wednesday to dismiss allegations that he failed to properly disclose a potential conflict of interest, Pearce said he wants to see clear ethics rules for all senators to follow. “Our system on the Senate side is a broken system,” Pearce said. “That is why I offer a hand of friendship to my colleagues, even those who made baseless charges against me, and ask that we continually work to improve our standards and guidelines.” Pearce said he has already talked to several senators about pushing disclosure rules for the Senate this year/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.

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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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