New ethics rules to take effect Dec. 22

Posted: Wednesday, December 08, 2010

JUNEAU - New rules governing executive branch ethics, stemming from Sarah Palin's tenure as governor, take effect this month.

These include allowing for the state to pay legal costs for officials cleared of ethics violations; allowing for a family member of the governor or lieutenant governor to travel at state cost in certain circumstances and allowing an immediate family member to use an official's state-issued cell phone or BlackBerry if the usage is limited or under monthly or unlimited plans.

Palin's term was marred by ethics complaints. She quit, citing them as a distraction. She ultimately was cleared of many of the complaints.

The attorney general sought to clarify several rules, including those related to family travel.

The new rules take effect Dec. 22.

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