Ethics bill moving in Senate

A Senate committee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that supporters called the most expansive overhaul in decades of the rules elected officials must follow, even as the measure obscured what could be a battle with the House over campaign finance laws.

The measure (SPB 7006), which would limit the jobs elected officials could take with state agencies, give the Ethics Commission more power to collect fines and strengthen conflict-of-interest laws, will likely be ready for action by the full Senate by the first week of the legislative session, said Jack Latvala, chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, which approved the proposal Tuesday.

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