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Ethics reform bill passes out of committee on unanimous vote

"This is, I believe, the most comprehensive attempt at ethics reform that we have had since the Sunshine Amendment was passed in 1976,� Senate Ethics and Elections Committee Chairman Jack Latvala said Tuesday. File photo by Ana Goni-Less

A sweeping ethics reform bill Tuesday passed out of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee on an unanimous 13-0 vote.  It attempts to prevent abuse of campaign funds, close a revolving door between legislative leaders and lobbying firms, and strengthen conflict-of-interest regulations.

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