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Salt Lake County Adopts Tough Ethics Rules

Salt Lake County Adopts Tough Ethics Rules

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Embarrassed by scandal, the Salt Lake County Council voted eight-to-zero last night to approve a package of ethics reforms.

The reforms scrap car allowances for county executives; prohibit county contractors from making political donations to county candidates; cap campaign contributions and require county lobbyists to get registered.

Some politicians called them as much symbolic as anything.

Others say the reforms just scratch the surface.

The ethics overhaul was seen as crucial in rehabilitating a shaken public trust in county government, led by the downfall of Mayor Nancy Workman.

Councilman Joe Hatch called the overhaul the silver lining to the "guzzler-gate" and "hiring-gate" scandals.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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