Conflict of interest for Ethics Commission? Lawmakers seek fix

Conflict of interest for Ethics Commission? Lawmakers seek fix

Corey Hutchins (The Colorado Independent)-

Lawmakers hoping once again to try and rid the state’s anti-corruption agency from its own conflicts of interest might have an unlikely ally in their effort this year: the state’s Republican attorney general, Cynthia Coffman.

When the legislative session begins next month, Democratic Rep. Beth McCann plans to carry a bill that would decouple the attorney general from her role giving legal advice to the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission. The IEC, as it’s known, is a beleaguered, underfunded state agency currently operating without a director. It was set up in 2006 to hear complaints about politicians who potentially run afoul of ethics laws.

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