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Should legislators be prevented from serving on committees that write laws affecting their businesses or occupations?

Asked at Kwik Shop on Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive on October 3, 2004

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Photo of Chris Witthaus

“I think that it is OK for them to serve on those committees. I think that they are the most knowledgeable about those fields.”

Photo of Don Patterson

“I think that they should be prevented. They could be personally benefiting from it.”

Photo of Jennifer Moore

“I guess so, because they might have biased opinions when it comes to making big decisions.”

Photo of Ed Heinen

“It seems to me like it would be a conflict of interest.”


mdecoste 13 years, 7 months ago

Absolutely a conflict of interest!!! For example, Mark Buhler helped write legislation that would benefit the real estate industry, and that is his profession. Changing laws that would benefit clients in a helping profession, is a different ballgame. Serving on a committee or giving expert testimony in a field is different that writing the legislation.

ferdinandmarcos 13 years, 7 months ago

The notion presented by lawmakers and bureaucrats in the story today that this is a necessary tradeoff is lazy thinking. Why should it be difficult to keep lawmakers out of positions where they can benefit themselves or their professions? All it takes is the state saying "no more." There's already so little trust in lawmakers and the process that we should be doing everything we can to keep everything in the open, and on the up and up. If the only reason legislators are running for office is to benefit themselves, and we're saying "oh, well," there's something badly wrong.

Richard Heckler 13 years, 7 months ago

Absolutly.Too many politicans have yet to display self discipline. If nothing else it's the appearance of a conflict of interest. Legislators know these things and still refuse to remove themselves which is a perfect lack of discipline example as mdcoste also illustrated.

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