Sen. George on Ethics Bill

Press release from Sen. Larry George 6-8-07:

Senate Democrats Send Ethics Bill to “Black Hole”

Salem, OR — Senate Democrats used a partisan procedural move Friday morning to bury a popular ethics reform bill. In the height of hypocrisy, Democrats first unanimously adopted an amendment to House Joint Resolution 14A on the Senate floor that would independently fund the state ethics commission. Then, in an about face, Democrats voted on party lines to send the measure to Ways and Means where it awaits a tenuous future.

“It is unbelievable that we send a bill with no fiscal impact to Ways and Means,” said Larry George, (R-Sherwood). “The only reason is to kill a very popular ethics reform bill.”

Policy bills with no fiscal impact are never intended to go to Ways and Means. This session, Ways and Means is being used to kill all bills that the voters want and majority party Democrats don’t. The measure had no fiscal impact this budget cycle.

“The majority party is playing politics with the future of state ethics,” said George. “Today we had a chance to give our state ethics watchdog independent funding, but Democrats decided to play politics instead. This building gives a lot of lip-service to bi-partisanship, but an idea unanimously supported has to die because there is an “˜R’ behind the carrier’s name.”

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  • Jerry

    Dems do not want ethics in politics. It is quite evident by their actions.

  • CRAWDUDE

    Neither DNC or GOP Pols want any ethics reform………..it’s quite evident in both parties actions.

    The 2 party system is old, wornout and corrupt…………..the only way to get rid of it is to stop voting for their candidates. I always hear peole say “it’s the other people Pols. that are the problem, not mine”. Sorry folks, the person you voted for is just as corrupt as everyone elses. Only we the people can change the system!~

    • Anonymous

      And you noticed, did you not, they voted to not allow us to have an open primary. I think that’s called ‘covering your backside’ or something.

  • Anonymous

    I love this coming from a guy who has a huge direct personal interest in M37 (I.E. he has M37 claims) yet is co-chairman on the Land Use Fairness committee or whatever and never declared a conflict of interest. Hypocrit

    • Steven Plunk

      Conflict of interest? Do legislators with drivers licenses have a conflict when they vote on motor vehicle laws? Can a beer drinking legislator vote on the beer tax with a clear conscience? Is it a conflict when a tax cut applies to a legislator’s taxable income?

      M37 was made law by the people of Oregon and is being dismantled by the legislature. I see no conflict with George defending what the people passed even if it benefits him.

      • Captain_Anon

        I agree with the other guy. I think the “reasonable person” test shows the conflict of interest. Would a reasonable person think that a legislature who co-chairs a committee that is determining legislation that could alter his financial outlook by the millions have a conflict of interest? Yes. potential changes could change his net worth by MILLIONS. of course he’s going to vote to his gain. now, using the same test, would the same legislature vote to change laws that may solely affect him by 50 cents a beer? highly doubtful.

        this applies to the lady who sold the land near an airport. she should have declared it, whether or not she supports what her constituents think.

        • Steve Plunk

          Reasonable assertions but I think reasonable people can disagree on this. Apparently this “conflict” is rather well known so I think disclosure is de facto. I still don’t see a conflict in supporting what the voters passed.

          Given all the facts I see this as a diversion from the issue itself of the legislature monkeying with voter passed law.

  • CRAWDUDE

    Missing the fire for all the smoke. The problem isn’t with the beer drinking pol. it’s with the thousands of dollars they get from the beer lobby, environmental lobby, union lobby etc….. That’s where the corruption lies.

    Selling your land a few months after buing it for a huge profit and then trying to lift restrictions for development; strikes me more as bribery than merely looking out for her finances. I don’t think the situation is quite the same though it is still just as corrupt.

    Sorry folks, left or right, liberal or conservative our lifetime legislators are corrupt when they leave office though they may not be the first time they are elected. This states system corrupts! (most others probably do also but I don’t know enough about them)

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