House Panel Approves Ethics Reform Bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An ethics reform bill is on its way to the House floor.

The State and Local Government approved the measure Thursday afternoon, nearly two weeks into the 2008 legislative session.

Governor Steve Beshear is pushing the ethics reform package that calls for stiffer penalties for people caught skirting ethics laws. His predecessor, former Gov. Ernie Fletcher, was indicted on misdemeanor charges for allegedly violating state hiring laws. Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges as part of a negotiated

The legislation would make several changes, including ethics training for executive branch employees and restrictions on the governor's power to pardon criminals.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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