Democrats to hold statewide meeting on ethics reform

Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2007

Ethics reform will be the central theme of a statewide town hall meeting tonight, sponsored by a group of Democratic Party lawmakers.

Rep. Harry Crawford, of Anchorage, and several other legislators will field questions and take comments during the 90-minute affair, which will be video- and teleconferenced across the state. The meeting will be held at the Terry Miller Building in Anchorage, Room 104, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The lawmakers said it would afford the public a chance to weigh in on the ethics reform debate ongoing in Juneau, and to tell legislators what they believe should be included in an ethics reform law, and how they expect their representatives to behave in office.

“Legislators have spent a lot of time talking about ethics reform since the FBI investigation made headlines last summer,” Crawford said in a press release. “I thought we ought to hear from the people we work for before we make any final decisions.”

Crawford went on to say that the public’s trust had been “dealt a blow” in recent years.

“We’ve got to listen to everyday Alaskans and act on their concerns if we’re ever going to earn that trust back,” he said.

Also expected to attend the meeting are Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, and Reps. Berta Gardner, Les Gara and Mike Doogan, all Democrats from Anchorage.

Live video of the meeting will be fed to the Anchorage and Fairbanks legislative information offices, where the public can interact with the lawmakers.

The rest of the state will get the audio teleconference connection. Those wishing to take part should call 1-888-295-4546.

The Kenai Legislative Information Office is at 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217. The phone number is 283-2030.

The Homer LIO is at 345 W. Sterling Highway, Suite 102A.

The Seward LIO is at 2001 Seward Highway.

Hal Spence can be reached at harold.spence@peninsulaclarion.com.



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