Letter to Editor
Letters to the Editor
Anchorage Daily News
The important thing about our new and improved ethics legislation is that it passed the legislature. Who sponsored what bill, or when a bill was heard in someone’s committee, may be interesting, but it’s irrelevant to the good legislation we passed.
We all did our job. The House State Affairs Committee, of which I’m chairman, combined all the good ideas of various ethics bill sponsors (including my own HB10), and many recommendations from other legislators, into one omnibus bill that used Governor Palin’s HB109 as the legislative vehicle. No names of individual legislative sponsors attached to the bill. In a manner of speaking, every legislator and every constituent was an honorary co-sponsor to HB109.
No ethics legislation will make a dishonest person honest. But our new ethics legislation can help provide improved public visibility and personal accountability, in addition to assisting the “ethically challenged.” Obviously, HB109 is legislation whose time has come.
The great majority of our public servants - like everyone else - are decent and honest people, regardless of political party, regardless of ethics legislation. Even so, it’s past time to increase public confidence in their state government.
State Representative, District 31