By Bob Katzen
House 35-123, rejected a rule that would change the current 11-member Ethics Committee to an eight-member one that would include four Democrats and four Republicans. Current rules provide for seven Democrats and only four Republicans on the 11-member committee.
Supporters said a balanced membership, regardless of which party controls the House, would create a truly bipartisan committee and ensure that investigations into any representative’s or state worker’s conduct are fair and nonpartisan. They noted that the U.S. Congress’ Ethics Committee has an equal number of members from both parties.
Opponents said no one has challenged the fairness or integrity of the current Ethics Committee with its Democratic majority. They noted it is illogical to have an equal number of members from each party on the committee when the current makeup of the House membership is 125 Democrats and 35 Republicans.
(A “Yes” vote is for an equal number of Democrats and Republicans. A “No” vote is against it.)
Rep. Christine Barber No Rep. Mike Connolly No Rep. Denise Provost No