Regional
10:18 am
Tue March 23, 2004

Senate Delays Ethics Legislation in General Assembly

Frankfort, KY – Four ethics bills sponsored by House Speaker
Jody Richards are being ignored by Senate Committees,
and the bills could be doomed. The bills were proposed
by the Democrat from Bowling Green to curb nepotism,
cronyism and no-bid contracts in the state's executive
branch.

The bills were quickly approved by the House and
arrived in Senate Committees about seven weeks ago.
But Senate Republican leaders say they're not inclined
to act on bills filed by Speaker Richards, who leads the
House Democratic majority. Some GOP members
accuse Richards of stalling their bills in the House.

Chairman Richard Beliles of Common Cause of
Kentucky says failure to pass the ethics bills would
worsen the public's disgust with state government.