January 27th, 2012

The state Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee advanced a bill on Friday that would exempt members of task forces chosen by lawmakers or the governor from the state ethics code.

The bill arose from skirmishes between Leslie Kondo, the executive director of the state Ethics Commission, and lawmakers over the commission’s interpretation that members of a mortgage foreclosure task force are state employees and should not also be paid by private interests to lobby the Legislature on task force business.

Lawmakers have argued that they often rely on expert advice from task forces. Kondo had suggested that lawmakers exempt task force members from the ethics code.

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