Idaho Senate plans to update ethics rule

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by KTVB.COM

Associated Press

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 29 at 11:59 AM

BOISE -- In the wake of an ethics investigation, Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill says the chamber plans to update its rules governing conflict-of-interest disclosure.

The changes were prompted by the probe called by Democrats into whether Republican Sen. Monty Pearce of New Plymouth adequately disclosed a conflict on an oil and gas bill.

Pearce is leasing land to Snake River Oil & Gas, a major proponent behind the bill.

The charges were unanimously dismissed last week.

But Hill says there's sufficient uncertainty about when lawmakers must disclose their potential conflicts that an update is in order.

Hill didn't detail the changes, but says he'll consult with Democrats.

Democrats made ethics reforms a major push in the 2012 Legislature, but have come away with nothing to show for their efforts.

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