Ethics law passes Legislature

Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2007

A broad-ranging ethics reform package is ready for Gov. Sarah Palin's signature.

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The Alaska House on Saturday approved the changes made to the measure in the Senate.

The bill had been languishing in committee in a stand-off between the House and Senate, but took off in a hurry after the recent arrests of current and former lawmakers and officials of VECO, an Alaska based oil services company, on federal charges of corruption and bribery.

Palin said she plans to sign the omnibus package next week.

"It is truly unfortunate that recent events further demonstrated the need for these statutory changes. However, it is gratifying that the legislative and executive branches were able to work together to take these steps to reassure Alaskans that their public servants still put Alaskans interests first," said Palin in a prepared statement.

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