Sunday, March 18, 2012

Monday at the Statehouse: Monty Pearce's Ethics and Ultrasound Bill

Posted By on Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Expect plenty of excitement at the Idaho Statehouse tomorrow morning, as Idaho lawmakers wrestle with two highly contentious issues: ethics and a controversial ultrasound bill.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, a special bipartisan ethics committee will begin looking into a possible conflict of interest surrounding New Plymouth Republican Sen. Monty Pearce. Pearce failed to tell his colleagues that he had a personal agreement with oil and gas industry executives before he voted on nearly two dozen oil and gas measures during this year's session.

Idaho Falls Republican Sen. Dean Mortimer will helm the panel and will be joined by Republican Sens. Bert Brackett of Rogerson and Jim Hammond of Coeur d'Alene. Three Democrats are also on the panel: Sens. Diane Bilyeu of Pocatello, Dan Schmidt of Moscow and Boise's Elliot Werk.

Later Monday morning, the Senate is expected to fully debate a controversial bill that would require ultrasounds for all women, including victims of rape or incest, before undergoing an abortion.

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