by Rhonda McBride
Thursday, March 12, 2009
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Lawmakers say they now go out of their way to set boundaries when it comes to dealing with outside influences that can tempt their ethical actions in the Legislature.
For example, at a hearing on Cook Inlet gas development, a company exploring for gas wants help with some of the regulatory hurdles. But legislators are wary.
"It is not our position to influence any type of regulatory agency," Rep. Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, said.
Gov. Sarah Palin's administration says passage of ethics laws and the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act have helped to change the climate.
"Just that commitment of adhering to our constitution, when it says we develop our resources it will be for the maximum benefit of the people of Alaska," Palin said.