Revised ethics regs going to public for comment

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010

JUNEAU - Alaskans will get another chance to comment on proposed changes to ethics rules for executive branch officials.

The proposals are similar to those released after Sarah Palin resigned as governor amid ethics complaints last year.

State ethics attorney Judy Bockmon says the changes reflect public comment since then and during the Legislature, when several ethics bills were proposed but went nowhere.

Changes include clarifying that it's allowable for a family member of the governor or lieutenant governor to travel at state expense if their presence is "required for official action of the state." Another would let an outside party pay travel costs for a public official to carry out official state business if the official got clearance from an authorized supervisor in advance.

The comment period ends Aug. 31.

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