Senate Passes Reform Bills

In this update: 1. Senate passes three reform bills 2. Supreme Court rejects Ziegler, ethics complaint may procee Senate Passes Reform Bills

Email date: 5/9/07

In this update:
1. Senate passes three reform bills
2. Supreme Court rejects Ziegler, ethics complaint may proceed

The state Senate this afternoon passed three reform bills supported by the Democracy Campaign including Senate Bill 77, truth-in-campaigning legislation requiring full disclosure of special interest electioneering.

SB 77 was approved on a 26-7 vote. The Senate also passed Senate Bill 23, which addresses the revolving door between lawmaking and lobbying by requiring a one-year cooling off period before state lawmakers who leave the Legislature may start working as lobbyists at the Capitol. SB 23 passed on a 30-3 vote.

A third WDC-backed bill, Senate Bill 170, known as the Judicial Right to Know bill, was passed this afternoon on a 19-14 vote.

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The state Supreme Court yesterday rejected Judge Annette Ziegler’s attempt to derail a state Ethics Board complaint against her, clearing the way for the board to proceed with a scheduled May 17 hearing on the board’s findings that Ziegler violated state ethics laws prohibiting public officials from taking actions when they have conflicts of interest.