Despite coming off a year that included members being charged with or convicted of lying, cheating, and stealing none of the leadership would go on record at a Friday media conference to adopt of a version of the West Point honor code as the foundation for ethical behavior among legislators.
The GUARDIAN noted lawmakers will be working on ethics issues next week – all legislators will go through an unprecedented half-day of ethics training – Senate President Pro-tem Brent Hill said, “We’re always working on ethics issues.”
House Speaker Scott Bedke said a draft revised ethics rule is “circulating in the House” and likely will be addressed early in the session. “It would include a formal standing ethics committee,” he said, along with provisions regarding “how they would carry out their responsibilities.” He said he would not endorse adopting the honor code per se.
Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, said Idaho is one of the few states without an independent ethics committee to oversee lawmakers’ conduct, and it should establish one. She was more receptive to the “simple language” of the honor code or something similar.
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