Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 16, 1972 · Page 8
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0 · NorrftwMt ArkanMu TIMES, Wflcf., Aug. H, 19.72 PAYKTTIVILLI, ARKANfAl By Eagieton Institute ( i Stronger Ethics Code For Officials Urged has recommended kinsas legislators LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The Eiglcton Institute of Politics that Ar investigate ·j ,thf possibility ot strengthening ·8 thf state's code of ethics law v for public officials. | 'in a firtal report released to * ,d«y on a study of the General * Assembly, the Rutgers Unlver- 7 'slty institute said that while Ar | k»nsas' 1971 code was fairlj V comprehensive, "important problems were overlooked " i The study recommended fiat lawmakers look into the possl bility of further legislative ac tion on code of ethics, paying particular attention to the is sues of attorneys in the legisla ture practicing before state agencies businessmen legisla tors selling goods and services to the state, public disclosure of campaign fund contributions, prohibition of legislators ac* cepting gifts from prn ate inter est groups and the voluntary disqualification of members from \otmg on legislation that would significantly affect their private interests The. institute suggested that the .study of possible new legislation he conducted by the new House Committee on Legislative Affairs and the proposed Senate and Joint Interim Committees on Legislate e Affairs ,The institute's report was made to the Committee on Legislative Organization, created ·by the 1971 legislature to review the organization and procedures of the General As sembly The committee hired Eagieton to make the study. RECOMMENDATIONS The report made 116 recom 'mendations; Most had been made public earlier. ' Among the previously re ·leased''recommendations was that the General Assembly sub mil proposed constitutional amendments to the voters in 1974 to allow the legislature to set the compensation of its members by law and to permit the General Assembly to meet annually in regular session Legislative salaries currently are set by the state Constitution and the legislature meets in regular session biennially O t h e r recommendations fluence upon the legislative saiy to stuiigltn.ii the present process" did not appear to bo foimal leadciship positions supported by available evidence. "Since 1966, most..Observers agree that direct interest gioup power has declined significantly," the report sail "In the past, theie weie n number of legislators who woie. retained by various interest groups to represent their points of .view within the General Assembly Most people aie of the opinion-thai the number of legislators who receive direct subsidies from private interest groups had declined in lecent jears The uuustmlh high turnover of legislators is one factor | which has led lo change. "Another. potential -problem in this general area is that of legislators who use their office to gam special financial or oth | er benefits Here again the situ atlon seems to have improved in the last few years past, it was not uncommon for some legislators to introduce a bill designed lo cripple a pai- licular busines or Organization and then, in return for financial or other reward, to withdraw or drop the bill entirely. all legislative observers, agree that this type of activity disappeared in the past several years.' PRESIDING OFFICER The institute , recommended that-the president pro tempore of the senate ^ who is a senator elected by his colleagues -- . serve as the presiding officer of, the upper chamber The lieu tenant governor, as the con slilulioiial president of the Senate, lias been serving as the presiding officer under Senate HUD Grant WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Department'of Housing and Urban Development* hns approved a grant of $682,722 to Ilia city ot Wilson. Ark., for construction of low-rent public housing. The office of Hep. Bill Alexander, D-Ark,, sultl to'diiy Ihnl llio grnul would bo used to construct '10 single family units; including 12 for the elderly. Rock Concerts Pay Off Hospital Bill PHILADELPHIA (AP) When 18-year-old Cnrol Poll died of n , brnin lumor Iwo weeks (ifio.'n $1,500 hospltnl bill needed lo bo paid. So friends Jco Homeric, Mike Tncncc and Mrs. Jessie Vmighn, whose son Chtcklo was lo marry Carol this yenr, gel together. They singed'a tlireo-dny fund drive of rock fonnd conccrla, n block pni'ly and television allow lUicUou Hint .netted 5,300 for th6 dehd girl's pnvenls. Tncncc auld about 30 of Cn- rol's Icen-BBo companions hud planned the ovoiiU to meet the expenses during her four-month hospital stay, The TIMES ti Th* Beit .Buy For Your Adver1liln0 Dollarl Special Purchase for Record Days! Fall Fashioned Capless Wigs Reg. $25.00 Designed fo give you comforf and exquisite style for Fall. 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