Utah GOP opposed to ethics initiative
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah: This week Utah GOP leaders announced that the party's central committee approved a resolution to oppose a proposed Utah Ethics Commission Initiative (2010). Of the 103 committee members present, only one member opposed the resolution. "The state party strongly supports ethics reforms at all levels, but did not feel this initiative achieves those goals," said state party chairman Dave Hansen. Among the arguments against the initiative, the resolution stated,"among other things, the UEG initiative removes responsibility for ethics in government from the people and their elected representatives, and places it in the hands of an unelected, unaccountable commission."
The initiative, sponsored by Utahns for Ethical Government, proposes establishing a five-member independent commission to investigate ethics complaints against lawmakers and recommendations to the state legislature. Additionally, the initiative proposes ending corporate contributions to legislative candidate and placing a $2,500 cap on individual donations and $5,000 cap on contributions from political action committees over a two-year period.