Ethics Meetings at State Capitol


By KBOI2 News
By Alexa Tieu

Boise, Idaho (KBOI2, KMVT-TV, KTWT-TV)After years of ethical missteps, Idaho lawmakers are getting a crash course in how to handle themselves at the statehouse.

An ethics training session was held at the state capitol.

The training was set up due to the large number of newly elected lawmakers in the statehouse.

Lawmakers were prepped on a variety of issues, such as when it is appropriate to use an official letterhead, guidelines for state e-mail, and what constitutes a conflict of interest.

Presenters included members of the attorney general's office and the secretary of state.

But speakers also included a certified corporate ethics trainer...who is also wrapping up 14 years in the Iowa legislature.

Scott Raecker, a certified ethics teacher says, "I'm going to be focusing on some core values, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship, how do I act in a capacity worthy of trust in the decisions I have."

He says more and more state legislatures are holding this kind of ethics training, as the public broadly views politicians in a bad light.

Democrats at the statehouse applaud this training, but they still support establishing an independent ethics commission.

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