Indiana Officials Issuing Fewer Waivers to State Ethics Law

 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ State records show that Indiana officials have been issuing fewer waivers that would let state employees take related jobs in the private sector before a yearlong wait. 

Data show about 10 were granted each year over the past decade, but just one has been allowed so far this year. The Indianapolis Star reports that the waivers to the state's ethics requirement could continue to decline because the General Assembly recently adopted a new approval process.

In 2013, Gov. Mike Pence attempted to control waivers by advising state department heads to run them through his office.

During this year's legislative session, state lawmakers also tightened the process by requiring all waivers to go before the Indiana State Ethics Commission.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says the waivers now face further review.