Senator: $15 meals miss meat of ethics reform

Posted: Friday, February 26, 2010

JUNEAU - An Alaska Republican says the debate over lobbyist disclosures for treating legislators to meals misses the meat of his ethics reform push.

On Thursday, Sen. John Coghill repeated a stance he'd stated in an ethics committee meeting last week, that either everything should be reported or the cutoff should be raised.

A provision in a pending ethics bill would raise from $15 to $50 the limit lobbyists have for treating lawmakers and staff to meals without disclosing it.

Other bill changes include letting legislative mailing lists be used for campaign purposes and creating a $150 per day pay in addition to per diems for the nonlegislator members of the ethics committee. It also defines who constituents are.

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