This week the House passed a package of legislation reforming ethics and transparency laws for government officials. This is only the recent round of changes passed, as the House has previously passed an expansion to the Freedom of Information Act and changes to lame duck sessions. Reforms approved this week include gift restrictions, new penalties for state legislators who fail to show up for the job or act unethically, and establishes a permanent, independent ethics committee in the legislature to investigate complaints and ensure compliance. The bills have been referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee for consideration.
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