Saturday, March 17, 2012

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Pearce

As a follow-up to the press release I previously posted from the Idaho Democratic Party calling for the resignation of Sen. Monty Pearce (R-New Plymouth), here is the the timeline from the ethics complaint filed by Senate Democrats against Pearce:

Jan 25, 2012 Oil and gas rules review commenced in Senate Resources and Environment Committee.

Feb. 1, 2012 Docket 20-0315-1102, “Rules Governing the Issuance of Geothermal Leases,” passed by unanimous vote.

Feb. 6, 2012 Docket 20-0702-1102, “Department of Lands Rules Governing Oil and Gas Conservation in the State of Idaho,” passed by unanimous vote.

Feb. 13, 2012 Senator Pearce voted to reject RS 21226 (intended to add the terms “public health, safety and welfare” to the mission of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission) and RS 21085C1 (regarding restrictions on the use of human cancer-causing chemicals during hydraulic fracturing).

Feb. 16, 2012 H379, H460, H462, H463 and H526 – all relating to the oil and gas industry – were introduced and discussed in committee.

Feb. 20, 2012 H464 was introduced and discussed in committee.

Feb. 29, 2012 Debate on H464 commenced in committee.

Mar. 1, 2012 Senator Pearce voted to send H464 to the floor with a “do pass” recommendation after many hours of testimony and debate.

Mar. 1, 2012 Senator Pearce voted to send H379, H460, H462, H463 and H526 to the floor with “do pass” recommendations.

Mar. 5, 2012 H464 was read for the first time on the Senate floor.

Mar. 6, 2012 H464 was read for the second time on the Senate floor.

Mar. 8, 2012 H379, H460, H462, H463 and H526 all pass the Senate with Sen. Pearce voting aye on each and acting as the floor sponsor on H0379 and H462.

Mar. 8, 2012 H379, H460, H462, H463 and H526 all pass the Senate with Sen. Pearce voting aye on each and acting as the floor sponsor on H379 and H462.

Mar. 9, 2012 Senator Pearce voted against sending H464 to the 14th order for possible amendments (tie vote broken by Lt. Gov. and motion prevailed).

Mar. 12, 2012 Senator Pearce moved to send H464 back to the 13th order and voted in favor of his motion which prevailed and ended any opportunity for amending H464.

Mar. 14, 2012 Senator Pearce revealed, for the first time, a conflict of interest on H464 followed shortly thereafter by his aye vote.

You can read the full letter submitted to Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill here. Senator Hill (R-Rexburg) named the six members of the Senate Committee on Ethics on Friday and the committee will meet on Monday at 8 a.m.

In his own defense, Senator Pearce says that the ethics complaint against him is political and that he has done nothing wrong. The Democrats refute that the complaint has anything to do with politics. There's no denying that there isn't desperate need for an independent ethics commission in lieu of yet another ethics mess at the statehouse. Idaho is one of only 9 states that does not have an independent ethics commission. Unfortunately, the Idaho GOP has announced they won't be pursuing any ethics reform this session.

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