State lawmakers focus on ethics

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Lawmakers spent half the day Wednesday attending a seminar on ethics.

Legislative organizers say the ethics training was set up in part because of the large number of freshman legislators, newly elected lawmakers such as Rep. Holli High Woodings, a Boise Democrat who welcomes the ethics session.

"I think overall it's going to be very helpful," she told KBOI News, "because then we're all privy to same information. We've had the same training about what's expected of us."

Lawmakers were briefed on a variety of ethical issues -- from conflicts of interest to the appropriate use of state e-mail.

Speakers included a certified corporate ethics trainer who is also wrapping up 14 years in the Iowa Legislature.

"I'm going to be focusing on some core values," Scott Raecker said. "Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship."

Democrats, who have accused the GOP majority of creating a climate of "arrogance" in the Statehouse, applauded the seminar.

But they still want an independent ethics commission.