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Monday, February 01, 2010

Another reason to vote for Marlin Stutzman

The Obama administration said they were going to be transparent and brought the most secrective and backroom-style politics the White House has ever seen!

The actions and character of Marlin Stutzman? We need at least 500 Marlins coming to Washington after the 2010 elections and a few thousand more taking leadership positions in statehouses around the USA. Here is the latest from the candidate to be the next Senator from Indiana...


A proposed ethics plan co-authored by State Sen. Marlin Stutzman to "help enhance the integrity and reputation of state government" is ready for passage by the Indiana Senate.

Senate lawmakers approved an amendment to Senate Bill 114 sending the measure, designed to tighten state ethics standards, to a third reading on Tuesday.

Stutzman said he signed onto the legislation after noticing the public's growing concern for the role lobbyists play in the legislative process and their reportable expenses.

"Many constituents have contacted me about the decision by some legislators to leave their elected positions and become members of the lobbying community," Stutzman said. "Switching from one role to the other without the passage of reasonable time has the appearance of impropriety and raises questions of the relationship between lobbyists and legislators."

Here are highlights of the state ethics bill as amended today in the Senate:

Requires lawmakers to wait at least one year after leaving office before becoming professional lobbyists or legislative liaisons;
Requires all gifts, food and entertainment to be reported uniformly as expenses by all lobbyists;
Reduces the threshold for reported one-time lobbyist expenses from $100 to $50 and reduces the annual total from $500 to $250;
Prohibits lobbyists from giving a gift of more than $50 to a lawmaker without their consent;
Expands state registration and reporting requirements to include the executive branch and university legislative lobbyists;
Prohibits lobbyists from paying for out-of-state travel expenses for legislators;
Requires the Lobby Registration Commission to publish more of its information on the Internet;
Increases penalties from $10 per day to $100 per day for failure to file lobbyist registrations and reports in a timely manner. Increases the maximum penalty for failure to file lobbyist registration statements and activity reports from $100 to $4,500;
Prohibits state candidates and officeholders from political fundraising during the long session when lawmakers are already barred from doing so;
Prohibits legislators from accepting honoraria for appearances and speeches related to legislative matters;
Requires county clerks to locally provide copies of state candidates' documents from state Web sites; and
Prohibits statewide officeholders from appearing or using their name in a print, radio or television advertisement funded with state-appropriated money unless there is a "compelling public policy reason" and permission is granted from the State Budget Committee and State Budget Agency. Gubernatorial public service announcements related to public health or safety would automatically be allowed.
A separate ethics reform package was passed the Indiana House of Representatives by a vote of 97-2 and will also be considered by the Senate.

Before the session ends, Stutzman said it is expected that Senate Bill 114 and House Bill 1001 will be combined as a single ethics package giving Indiana the most comprehensive ethics reforms in years.

5 comments:

Hawkeye® said...

Wish there were more like him.

Hoosier said...

Check out and consider a contribution to Marlin Stutzman at:

http://www.gomarlin.com/

New video about Marlin Stutzman:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D94Y3aV9_7Y

Anonymous said...

"The Obama administration said they were going to be transparent and brought the most secrective and backroom-style politics the White House has ever seen!"

Boy did you ever sleep through the Bush administration...

eden@israel said...

i saw the plans for budget. i am sorry but its very far from trancperancy. therrorism on the 3-d place and military on 8. its impossible-fight with terrorism and saupporting of military needs is almost the same. how come the first one needs much more money and the second one goes after health care? have you ever seen any state that spend for health care more money then on military? wiered, is not it?

Anonymous said...

"have you ever seen any state that spend for health care more money then on military? wiered, is not it?"

???

Is it really that hard to look up facts?

http://www.visualeconomics.com/how-countries-spend-their-money/

And what does this have to do with "trancperancy"...?