Lawmaker Plans Bill on Conflict of Interest Rules

An Anchorage lawmaker plans to introduce a bill in the next legislative session that would overhaul Alaska's conflict of interest rules.

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JUNEAU- An Anchorage lawmaker plans to introduce a bill in the next legislative session that would overhaul Alaska's conflict of interest rules.
   
Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski's proposal would require a majority vote to allow a House or Senate member with a stated conflict to abstain from voting. Wielechowski's office says currently a single lawmaker can to force another legislator to vote, even if there's a significant conflict.
   
Besides requiring a recorded vote, Wielechowski's office says the bill also would better define what constitutes a conflict.

Legislators would have a conflict if a bill they are asked to vote on would substantially benefit their employer, someone they're trying to work for or someone from whom they have gotten at least $10,000 in income in the preceding 12 months.
 

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Clay McDowall (from Alaska) said on Wednesday, May 22 at 1:16 PM

This is long, long overdue! Major oil company senior employee and contractor/subcontractors are the most egregious examples recently- with their support of billions in Alaska State tax givebacks to their bosses - but Legislative ethics regarding hunting and fishing guides, cruise ship industry affiliated businesses, and commercial fishing and processing-dependent Legislators also merit more than a wink and a nod when they get involved with Legislation that is "bread-and-butter' for them or their family's personally.. I hope this moves forward with strong bipartisan support!

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