Ethics legislation gets closer to becoming law

The Indiana Senate passed ethics legislation Wednesday that would require lawmakers to be more transparent about their finances and strengthen laws designed to keep legislators from taking advantage of state resources for political gain.

The bill passed 49-1. Sen. James Buck, R-Kokomo, was the only senator who voted against the bill, which will now go back to the House.

The bill was authored and sponsored by the four leaders of the House and Senate and is a reaction to questions on the ethics of a former lawmaker and state superintendent of public instruction.

The legislation also requires lawmakers to take ethics training and creates an ethics office within the Legislative Services Agency.

Lawmakers would have to disclose active business investments of at least $5,000. Current law doesn’t require that until the investment reaches $10,000.


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