Section One: Legally Prohibited Violations of Ethics Standards
1. Establish a code of legislator conduct by statute, which would penalize violations irrespective of any other internal legislative discipline. This includes prohibitions against
(a) profiting from state funds or contracts [public money] (Utah Constitution, Art. XXII, Sec. 5), failing to declare such a conflict of interest, voting under such a conflict of interest, and providing for recovery of such profits.
(b) Require disclosure of all conflicts of interest and repeal the rule requiring legislators to vote on bills even if they have a conflict of interest.
(c) Prohibit all gifts.
(d) Prohibit threats of retributive action against the employment or agency budget of a public employee or a private entity that doesn=t comply with a legislator=s personal demand.
(e) Prohibit legislator interference with the preparation of impartial ballot budgetary analyses by legislative staff entities.
(f) Prohibit legislators from requesting or suggesting that specific public employees be fired.
(g) Prohibit legislators from requesting that a public entity contract with a specific company.
(h) Prohibit the use of confidential information secured by virtue of being a legislator for commercial advantage.
(i) Prohibit interference with the contractual relationship between a lobbyist and the lobbyist=s principal.
(j) Prohibit legislator interference with matters pending before the courts and efforts to intimidate judges.
(k) Prohibit the offer of campaign money for vote
Section Two: Financial Reforms
Section Three: Independent Ethics Commission
Section Four: Reforms to Enhance Utah’s Democracy