Former Rep. Grenn not pleased with ethics language

Juneau, Alaska (AP) - A former Alaska lawmaker is unhappy with the proposed repeal of conflict of interest provisions included in a broader ethics law he sponsored last year.

Former Rep. Jason Grenn says simply repealing the language takes "the easy way out."

Legislation introduced Wednesday would roll back provisions lawmakers considered too restrictive.

The legislative ethics committee interpreted those provisions to mean that legislators can participate in committee and floor debate and vote on bills where they have conflicts provided they declare their conflicts. But they can't have similar discussions in private.

Grenn says he agrees that interpretation went too far.

But he thinks a compromise can be reached that will address Alaskans' desire for stronger conflict of interest rules and better define the law to not restrict lawmakers' ability to do their jobs.

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