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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 8:47am

Advocates Push Ethics Reform

Ethics Reform Advocates are pushing for limits on lobbyist spending.

Interests groups and representatives from both parties lobbied at the capitol today in support of a $100 limit on lobbyist spending.

House Ethics Chair Republican Wendell Willard says some media reports give the wrong impression of lawmakers.

"I'd say for the most part the large body of elected officials are ethical, and I think just to show the public that we are aware of their concerns, we need to put stronger language in our code."

However, Willard says sports tickets and foreign trips like one taken by Speaker David Ralston are unacceptable.

But, he believes some spending by lobbyists is acceptable.

"If they want to take us out to dinner, I understand thats an appropriate thing to do because a lot of times thats the only time an interest group, they have to time talk to us legislatures, in the evening."

Advocates say they are drafting an ethics bill they hope to introduce soon.