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NPT Capitol: Ethics bill dying

Not sure when the finger-pointing will start, but it looks like the El Paso County ethics bill is close to going down. It’s moving inexorably to the kill zone, behind the Voter ID bill. Here’s some background from a few days ago, when the parties involved were making nice. Feel free to read between the lines.

Sito Negron

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

May 11, 2009 at 2:22 pm

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  1. I am not sure of the Sheriff issue but sounds like Garrity issues lurking…

    Garrity v. New Jersey, 87 S. Ct. 616, held that a police officer may be required to give a statement during an internal investigation and refusal to do so could result in termination or other disciplinary action. However, should the police officer give a statement, while it may be used against that officer in disciplinary matters, it may not be used against him in a criminal proceeding.

    re paper tigers and witch hunts:
    Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy Fall, 2006
    16 Cornell J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 1 (“Since 1992, the [Texas Ethics Commission] has initiated only one sworn complaint, has conducted one formal hearing and has not forwarded a single case to a law enforcement agency for criminal prosecution.”).

    Carl Starr

    May 11, 2009 at 4:57 pm

  2. JUST WANTED TO ADD, that it is wise for a delegation to pass 2 or more vehicles. It serves as insurance. Unfortunately, some of the El Paso bills have been mischaracterized as competing bills.

    An experienced legislator knows that most major bills that come to the floor have a “shell” bill filed somewhere in case it is killed on a point of order, in committee, or by deadline of the Calendar.

    Regarding the Ethics Bill we still have 2 vehicles. One is on the General Calendar for consideration by the full House, the other is ready to be voted out of the House Committee!!

    Further, tradition here holds that when a member who is against a bill amends it, that member then should be honorable and support the bill. It happens all the time. I improved the bill, I signed as a Joint Author, and I am doing my part to help the bill move forward!!

    Si se puede!!
    Norma Chavez

    Norma Chavez

    May 12, 2009 at 3:17 pm


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