Arkansas News Bureau columnist John Brummett weighs in on the ethics reform legislation proposed by a bipartisan group of state lawmakers.
His reaction? Pitiful, but we’ll take it.
State legislators seem quite proud of themselves for ethics legislation unveiled this week. That is altogether pitiful.
The legislation itself is a pity, proposing only two modest reforms — that legislators must wait a year before becoming lobbyists and that legislators must abide by regular state employee guidelines in getting reimbursed at lowest-rate levels for travel.
But the greater pity is that legislators have a legitimate basis for bragging.
Brummett argues that lawmakers could have and should have gone much farther with their proposal and he cites examples of what could have been done to achieve more.
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