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Ex-Rep. Simone Bell

Ex-Rep. Simone Bell
October 16, 2012 --

Simone Bell did not file a personal financial disclosure in 2010 covering her financial interests for the prior year, according to the state ethics commission’s website. Commission records show she has paid $175 in late filing fees since winning a 2009 special election and, as of October 2012, owed $325 more in late fees.

Waste industry backs Rep. Randy Nix

Waste industry backs Rep. Randy Nix
October 16, 2012 --

Randy Nix won one of Creative Loafing’s 2011 Golden Sleaze Awards for his role in passing a 2011 law that allowed certain municipal landfills, after a 15-year-old ban, to resume accepting yard waste. Nix said his bill promoted renewable energy by requiring those landfills to capture the methane gas emissions from the decaying organic matter. Environmentalists, though, contended those benefits were overshadowed by the cost in additional landfill space. Waste-disposal interests that pushed the bill are among Nix’s top campaign contributors.