Attorney General Congratulates House and Senate on Passage of Ethics Reform

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April 02, 2009

Bill Now Headed to Governor

 

LITTLE ROCK-- Today, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel congratulated the members of the Arkansas General Assembly on passage of SB 867, one of the ethics bills in his legislative package.

"I am pleased to see that 'absentee lobbying' will now be a thing of the past, no matter how rarely it happens," McDaniel said. "Although the bill had some questions this afternoon and had to go back to the House Rules committee, it again passed unanimously and ultimately passed the House with 88 votes. I am proud of the effort put forth by so many to polish a bill that will promote and preserve the integrity of our government."

"I want to especially commend Speaker Robbie Wills on his leadership today, as well as Senator Faris and Representative James McLean, and express once again how grateful I am we were able to work together on this important issue."

In addition to "absentee lobbying," the bill established online filing for lobbyists, and increased the penalties for violating ethics laws.

"The trend nationally is to use technology to increase transparency. I'm proud Arkansas is helping to lead the way. With online filing of lobbyist activity reports, the public will be better informed about who is spending how much and on whom in an effort to influence policy at the capitol. This is a very good thing for Arkansas," McDaniel said.