ATTORNEY GENERALS ETHICS BILLS TO BE FILED MONDAY

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March 05, 2009

LITTLE ROCK- Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today his two ethics bills will be filed in the Senate Monday, March 9, where he expects swift passage. The two bills saw minor changes and additions since being released in draft form last week.
Senator Steve Faris (D- Central) will be the lead sponsor on the bill that impacts lobbying practices; including reporting requirements, absentee lobbying, and preventing elected officials from acting like lobbyists. Senator Gilbert Baker (R-Conway) will be the lead sponsor on the bill to enact a two year cooling off period for legislators, agency heads, and chiefs of staff.
McDaniel expects both bills to easily pass thru the Senate but to not get out of committee in the House.

McDaniel will be available to discuss details, amendments, and prospect of passage today. He will be leaving the country this weekend.

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