Friday, April 15, 2011
Ethically Challenged Senator Schumacher -- Will Conflict of Interest Rules Change?
We just received one of Joe Jordan's Nebraska Watchdog updates which in part told us:
"Following an exclusive Nebraska Watchdog report examining conflicts of interest at the State Capitol, Nebraska’s top lawmaker wants to know what other states are doing.
Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood tells Nebraska Watchdog he’s asking the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), for an up to date detailed report.
According to the NCSL Website as of November, 2009 39 states banned some lawmakers from voting on issues where they have a personal or financial conflict of interest. Nebraska is not one of those 39."
We certainly hope that Speaker Flood gets enough information back to act on such that self-serving politicians like State Senator Paul Schumacher are prohibited at some point in the future from voting on obvious legislation that particularly enriches them.
Senator Schumacher should never be allowed to vote on any gambling legislation but as long as he faces no penalty or prohibition from doing so, he'll vote for his pocket and gambling buddies every time. In fact, if Schumacher weren't ethically challenged he'd recuse himself from doing so but apparently he must have been absent from that ethics class in law school.