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Oregon: ethics reform proposal nearing completion

The Salem Statesman Journal reports: A proposed package of government-ethics reforms will bring significant improvements to Oregon's political system but doesn't go far enough, two campaign watchdogs said Wednesday.

The critique came after members of the nonpartisan Oregon Law Commission were briefed on the ethics reform package, the all-but-final step in a $224,000, yearlong study of ethics reforms sought by the 2005 Legislature.

The law commission is "likely to pass this out substantially as proposed" when it meets again in December, said commission chairman Lane Shetterly, who also runs the state land-use agency. ...

Two political watchdogs, and some members of the Government Ethics Work Group that recommended the ethics reforms, said more must be done to assure independent funding for the state's political ethics commission and to restrict lawmaker junkets and wining and dining by lobbyists. -- State Government - StatesmanJournal.com

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