W.Va. Gov Unconvinced Of Need To Boost Ethics Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Joe Manchin isn't sold on requiring public officials to disclose their spouses' employers and financial interests.

Manchin told reporters Tuesday that he understood the concerns of senators who killed a pending ethics bill just before the legislative session ended Saturday.

The bill was the first to pass the house, and did so unanimously.

Besides extending disclosure to spouses, it called for greater reporting of officials' financial holdings and income sources.

It also proposed a one-year waiting period before public officials could become lobbyists.

Some lawmakers want Manchin to revive the measure on a special session agenda.

The nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity says that more than half the states require such spousal disclosures.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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