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December 04, 2016
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Sullivan legislators agree on ethics; proposed law will get public hearing

Videographer Isaac Diebboll, left, county chairman Scott Samuelson and legislator Gene Benson engaged in conversation about the proposed ethics law.
TRR photo by Fritz Mayer

It was noted that state law already contains prohibition against such behavior, but it was also noted that it is the sole discretion of the district attorney to decide whether state law has been violated and whether or not to prosecute in any specific instance. If the language were included in the law, the new board of ethics could take action in response to a complaint if the district attorney did not.

The consensus of the legislators was that the county attorney’s office would re-work the language and it would be included in the law.

There will be a public hearing on the matter on May 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the government center.