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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Curt Bramble says he wants lawmakers to be able to abstain from voting on bills if they feel they have a conflict of interest.
State law requires any lawmaker present at the Capitol to vote on every bill, including those that could financially benefit a legislator. Lawmakers are supposed to declare they have a conflict of interest before they vote, but there are few safeguards to ensure they do.
Bramble, R-Provo, says his proposal would allow a lawmaker to appeal to legislative leaders to abstain. A lawmaker could also appeal to the entire Senate or House.
Information from: Deseret Morning News
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