Proposal Would Overhaul State Ethics Laws after Scandals

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Indiana lawmakers would face more financial disclosure requirements and state employees would have tighter limits on future employment under a proposed overhaul of state ethics laws.
 
Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Thursday the bill's goal is to increase transparency and limit conflict of interests involving lawmakers and state officials.
 
The bill follows questions about a senior lawmaker privately lobbying last year to kill legislation that could have cost his family's nursing home business millions of dollars. In another case, the state highway department bought land from the family of a top agency official.
 
The proposal would end the practice of state agency leaders approving waivers of the state's one-year “cooling off'' period for officials taking private-sector jobs dealing with their departments. Those moves would need State Ethics Commission review.