Bill to bolster Legislative Ethics Commission will be back in 2015, Wayne says

05/08/2014 02:38 PM

Legislation that resulted as a product of questions about the processes and jurisdiction of the Legislative Ethics Commission failed to pass in the 2014 session but will be filed again for 2015, according to Rep. Jim Wayne.

House Democrats introduced the legislation to strengthen the governance of the Legislative Ethics Commission in the wake of a vote by the commission that resulted in no charges against former Democratic Rep. John Arnold. The Senate did not take up the legislation that was introduced in the final two days of the session.

Since then, the commission has re-heard the Arnold case and changed their verdict . All members of the commission, minus the now two vacant positions, were present for the second hearing. But, there was still a no vote by a commissioner who believes the group does not have jurisdiction over former lawmakers.

Wayne, D-Louisville, said the legislation would have fixed every weakness of the commission that became apparent after the first hearing, including the issues of jurisdiction and attendance policies.

“It was not clear that the commission could make judgments about a legislator who had resigned, and we made clear in our legislation that includes any prevue of time when a human being serves in the legislature,” Wayne said.

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Wayne said the reforms to the commission should be one of the first items of business taken up when legislators return in January 2015 and he plans to pre-file legislation to make sure it is taken up.

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