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Better ethics? A long shot.

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I'd give short odds on the lifespan of the idea announced yesterday to pass a House rule requiring disclosure of lobbyist gifts -- but not gifts from non-lobbyists. The Stephens Media account notes "concerns" by House Speaker Benny Petrus, who objects to a rule for the House but not one for the Senate. This is but one concern I heard from House members yesterday, including its toothlessness. The House will NOT expel a member for failing to report a steak dinner.That's the only possible punishment. More than one House member thinks the proposal is grandstanding by sponsors Dan Greenberg and Steve Harrelson. That might be unfair, given the certain grief that had to follow proposing the idea. It's hard to envision a favorable vote under the circumstances, however.

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