Senators held their first closed caucus of the session Thursday to talk, among other things, about ethics.
House Republicans and Democrats, Gov. Norm Bangerter and the state leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties want campaign and ethics reform.Much of the restrictive legislation has already been filed, but so far only by House members. Senate leaders are concerned that the House will pass the restrictive reform measures - which include year-round campaign finance reporting, lobbyist financial reporting and conflict of interest reports by lawmakers - and then look at the Senate, daring members to water down the reforms or kill them altogether. Senators could then be held politically accountable and House members take the high road.