Friday, January 27, 2012
CCA Lobbyist at Center of Ethics Debate
The great state of Idaho is one of only 2 in the country that lacks a public disclosure requirement for its legislators. This has prompted Democrats in the state to seek to implement stricter ethics requirements, including financial disclosure and a 1-year waiting period before former legislators or public officials can register as lobbyists. That second part is especially relevant for CCA, who now employs the former chief of staff for the governor as a lobbyist, less than 1 year after he left his official position. Unfortunately, though, past attempts to introduce some ethics reform into Idaho's legislature have failed, and it doesn't seem incredibly likely that this will pass, given the person who thwarted the last attempt in 2009 is still Speaker of the House.