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AG says Ethics Commission’s SOL on rule-making



Attorney General Thurbert Baker’s office says the State Ethics Commission can’t do much with repealing old rules or creating new ones under 2009 amendment to state law.

The commission can probably clean up language of existing rules, senior assistant attorney general Stefan Ritter said.

But any decision that “had the effect of eliminating a rule or effectively creating a new rule, then you cannot it do it under existing legislative scheme,” Ritter told the commission today.

That position may leave the commission unable to establish rules to carry out 2010 amendments to ethics law or to repeal portions of existing rules that are now inconsistent with state law.

Read the AG’s Nov. 29 letter here.





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