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House panel adopts first ethics bill


There was action today (TUE) in Lansing toward setting stricter ethical standards for legislators.

A bill adopted by the Michigan House Committee on Elections and Ethics with bipartisan support would ban lawmakers from voting on bills that would benefit themselves, family members, or business associates. It’s not clear what the penalties for violating the standard would be.

But Republican Representative Andrea Schroeder said this would move Michigan in the right direction.

“We all know that Michigan has ranked low consistently among other states for ethical standards and transparency for state officials,” said Schroeder.

Another bill awaiting committee action would create a two-year “cooling off” period where ex-lawmakers could not work at the state Capitol as paid lobbyists.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.