Republicans and Democrats debate ethics initiative

Utahns for Ethical Government claims it has gathered the required number of signatures to place its legislative ethics initiative on the 2012 ballot, although the Lieutenant Governor’s office says most of those signatures cannot be counted. The initiative calls for a code of conduct for state lawmakers and bans corporate campaign contributions. Cache County Republican Party Chairman David James says he has always been concerned about the way the initiative is structured and about the notion that there is a good chance the initiative’s sponsors would end up being the ones that run this committee. “The fact that there is no checks and balances on the committee,” James says is concerning. “The fact that anyone can make a chart and has to be investigated and reported as being investigated regardless or not there was any type of substance to the charge, those type of issues have very deep concerns for me.” James says the concerns he has have been relayed to those who put together the initiative and they have done nothing to change it. Salt Lake County Mayor and Gubernatorial candidate Peter Corroon says he supports the ethics initiative. But at the Cache County Fair on Saturday, Corroon said first and foremost he supports the rights of citizens to vote on the initiative. “At this point we’re asking people to support the initiative,” Corroon said. “We’re just asking people to put it on the ballot and I think the citizens should decide whether to pass an ethics initiative or not. “There’s 100,000 citizens, over 100,000 citizens that have signed it. Let’s get it on the ballot. Let both sides say their viewpoints and the citizens can make up their minds.” Corroon says citizens don’t need a lieutenant governor or a legislator telling them how they should feel about the ethics issue and telling the people that they are too good to be questioned.

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