Southern Utah lawmakers oppose ethics initiative

Southern Utah lawmakers oppose ethics initiative

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Southern Utah lawmakers have spoken out against a citizens ethics initiative, saying it goes too far.

At a forum earlier this week, Sens. Steve Urquhart of St. George and Dennis Stowell of Parowan and Reps. Don Ipson of St. George and Mike Noel of Kanab questioned the motives of petition backers.

The four Republicans contend it's a clear effort to get certain people out of office.

Among other things, the initiative would limit campaign contributions and prohibit legislators from accepting gifts from lobbyists.

Supporters note that Utah is only of only five states without limits on campaign contributions and one of only 10 without an independent ethics commission.

To get the initiative on the 2010 ballot, 95,000 signatures must be gathered by April.


Information from: The Spectrum

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