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H.3497 – House Ethics Rules Change

H.3497 is a resolution that would change the House rules to align with the so-called ethics reform bill that passed last year. This resolution would send all ethics complaints to the State Ethics Commission for investigation, excepting only those that deal with House rule violations. Half of the agency’s commissioners will now be appointed by the …

S.180 – DDSN Commission Turned into Advisory Board, Director Appointed by Governor

S.180 turns the Commission on Disabilities and Special Needs into an advisory board rather than the governing body of the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, and makes the department director a gubernatorial appointment subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. This bill also gives the Governor the authority to remove the director at …

S.130 – Making County Election Board Chairmen Gubernatorial Appointments

S.130 would make the chairmen of county election boards gubernatorial appointments, rather than allowing the county election boards to elect their own chairmen. Under this bill, the county legislative delegation would recommend a chairman and the Governor would then make the appointment. County election boards, including their chairmen, should be appointed by and accountable to …

S.111 – Legislative Delegations May Remove Governor’s Appointment Power Over Election Boards

S.111 would allow county legislative delegations to remove the Governor’s appointment power over county boards of voter registration and elections, giving it to the county governing body by delegation resolution. While this legislation is likely an attempt to establish some additional accountability for election boards, it does nothing to address the real issue, namely that …

S.110 – Legislative Delegations May Remove Governor’s Appointment Power Over Special Purpose Districts

S.110 would allow county legislative delegations to remove the Governor’s appointment power over special purpose or public service districts and give it to the county governing body. While this legislation is an attempt to establish some accountability for the numerous and notoriously unaccountable special purpose districts, it fails to deal with the real problem. True …