Senate Approves Bill by Senator Mary Hodge to Fight Government Corruption
Adams County concerns lead to legislation to raise ethics standards for public officials
DENVER ─ Today, the Senate passed Senate Bill 146 sponsored by Senator Mary Hodge (D-Brighton) to fight corruption at all levels of Colorado government. Senate Bill 146 creates stricter ethical standards for public and local government officials. Senator Hodge is sponsoring the anti-corruption bill in response to input she received from Adams County residents who expressed concerns about possible corruption at the state and local level.
Senator Hodge offered the following comment on the passage of Senate Bill 146 today:
"I'm glad this bill passed today. When I'm knocking on doors or holding town hall meetings in my district people tell me they're very concerned about government corruption and they want something to be done. The belief that we have honest representation is one of the foundations of our democracy, and the goal of this bill is to begin to restore faith and integrity in the system."
Senate Bill 146 amends the statutory rules of conduct for public officers, local government officials and employees. The bill discourages them from obtaining employment or gifts of value for immediate family members, and also prohibits them from receiving gifts of value for personal benefit. The legislation says the following:
“A local government official or local government employee shall not: accept goods or services for his or her own personal benefit offered by a person who is at the same time providing goods or services to the local government for which the official or employee serves, under a contract or other means by which the person receives payment or other compensation from the local government…”
Following its passage in the Senate today, Senate Bill 146 now moves to the House of Representatives.