Utah high court to decide if legislative ethics initiative gets on November ballot
Justices question lawmakers' motives in tightening signature requirements
Irvine said lawmakers and state agencies have done "a lot of twisting and turning" to keep the initiative off the ballot.
UEG's reform plan includes an independent ethics commission and strict code of ethics for lawmakers, including limits on campaign contributions, gifts and how lobbyists interact with legislators.
In 2010, the Legislature passed a dozen-bill package that includes a constitutional amendment setting up an independent ethics commission; tougher conflict of interest reporting for lawmakers and candidates alike; more disclosure of campaign financing; lobbyist gift ban over $10, with reporting lawmakers' names who take a meal costing more than $10; and stricter control over personal use of campaign accounts.
Irvine said that's not good enough. "They have addressed it with one loophole after another," he said.
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