July 23, 2018 •
Alaska Governor Signs Legislative Ethics Bill
Gov. Bill Walker signed significant legislative ethics reforms into law on July 19.
House Bill 44 prohibits lobbyists from buying meals or alcoholic drinks for legislators, requires legislators to receive prior approval for travel abroad that is paid for by the state, and mandates legislators to disclose conflicts of interest on which they are voting when there is something financial at stake for themselves or immediate family members.
The legislative ethics reform ballot initiative has been taken off the fall ballot because the bill and initiative have been deemed substantially similar.
The bill went into effect immediately.
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