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May 31, 2016
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Forestburgh parcel approved for ag district

Because of current ethics rules, abstention votes now count as yes votes unless there is a real conflict of interest as opposed to an appearance of impropriety. Binder and Goodman have sought to change that rule so that an abstention in the future would not count either way.

At an earlier meeting at the government center, lawmakers discussed changing the rule but no one had any suggestions about how language in the proposed measure should be changed, and a couple of lawmakers said the rule did not need to be changed.

Lawmaker Alan Sorensen said that it could allow legislators to avoid difficult votes by pleading some potential perception of a conflict of interest.  

Goodman asked that the vote be tabled to give lawmakers more time to consider the matter and perhaps come up with new language, and the other lawmakers agreed.