Anti-Corruption Measure Cleared For Signatures

Supporters of a proposed ballot initiative aimed at public corruption have been given the OK to begin gathering signatures.

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The measure would make it a felony for public officials to legislate competitive advantages for or direct appropriations to themselves, business associates, family members, employers or past, present or sought-after campaign contributors.

Contributors would include donors to third-party groups backing the election of those officials.

Those benefiting from violations they induced would also face a felony.

Before leaving office, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell certified the initiative application, giving supporters a year to gather over 28,000 signatures. Their goal is to get it on the 2016 ballot.

A primary sponsor of the measure, Ray Metcalfe, says members of government should make decisions based on merit, not on who contributes to their campaigns.