Saturday, September 15, 2007

ARE ETHICAL BILLS ETHICAL?


Legislative leaders, who met Friday to hear representatives of the National Conference of State Legislators talk about ethics reform bills, took a bold stand against pressure from special interest groups.

However, the only "special interests" they tackled were "citizen advocacy groups" and "the media," who have "stirred up cynicism" to pressure the Legislature to pass ethics bills.

Quote of the day was by Senate majority Leader Michael Sanchez: “Are we passing legislation because of demands of a certain interest group? Are we being ethical passing this ethics legislation if we’re passing these bills we don’t believe in because we’re being pressured by these special interest groups?”

For this and other philiosopical paradoxes, see my story in today's New Mexican.

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