Lawmakers Debate Changes to Amendment 41

· Apr. 5, 2010, 3:59 pm

Ever since voters approved Amendment 41 in November, lawmakers, lobbyists and government workers have been scrambling to decipher it. The so-called Ethics in Government law bans lobbyists from giving gifts to public officials, including meals, trips and tickets to sporting events. It also prohibits public officials and their families from accepting certain gifts. But the wording of the new law has led to a debate between those who think it needs to be clarified and others who say changing it would violate the public trust. Lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that attempts to clarify the new law. Dan Meyers talks to attorney Mark Grueskin, who is drafting the language, and Republican Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhany of Colorado Springs, who says the new ethics law should stay as it is.

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