Democratic Nevada lawmakers say they'll seek to improve public confidence in government by reintroducing ethics bills at the 2007 Legislature.
Assemblywoman Ellen Koivisto and state Senator Steven Horsford,
both of Las Vegas, say the ethics proposals will include several
rejected at the 2005 session.
One bill would limit the time in which local elected officials
can collect campaign contributions. Another
"three-strikes-you're-out" proposal would remove any official
found guilty of three ethics violations.
The latter bill was spawned by the actions of Republican state
Controller Kathy Augustine, who pleaded guilty to three ethics
violations and was fined 15-thousand dollars. Augustine later was
impeached on one charge but was permitted by the state Senate to
remain in office.