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Utah ethics initiative aims for the 2012 ballot
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah: The Utah Ethics Commission Initiative has officially failed to qualify for the November 2010 ballot, according to the Lieutenant Governor of Utah. The group gathered 73,244 signatures using pen and paper, falling short of the 94,552 requirement. However, proponents said they plan to pursue the 2012 ballot. Earlier reports said supporters they had collected an additional 18,000 signatures via online petitions. The validity of e-signatures is currently being challenged in the Utah Supreme Court. However, if approved by the court, the online signatures may help supporters qualify the measure. The initiative 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 candidates and placing a $2,500 cap on individual donations and $5,000 cap on contributions from political action committees over a two-year period. The proposal is sponsored by Utahns for Ethical Government.