Executive branch ethics proposal clears hurdle

Posted: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

JUNEAU - State legislators Monday made no formal objection to proposed ethics regulation changes.

The joint Administrative Regulation Review Committee held a public hearing on regulations proposed by Attorney General Dan Sullivan.

The regulations apply to the executive branch and deal with issues raised by complaints during former Gov. Sarah Palin's administration. After Law Department review of public comment, the regulations will take effect unless lawmakers pass superseding legislation.

State officials exonerated of ethics complaints could be reimbursed for legal fees under the proposed rules.

The proposed regulations also clarify that members of the first family are eligible for travel reimbursements only when their presence at events benefits the state.

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