August 31, 2010

The Nevada Commission on Ethics goes to Washington

On Monday, the Nevada Commission on Ethics announced that it will appeal a recent Nevada Supreme Court decision to the United States Supreme Court. The 5-1 decision ruled that a "catchall" provision in the state ethics law was unconstitutional, because it was too vague.

Nevada justices, in a 5-1 opinion, said a “catchall” provision in the law that extends defined voting prohibitions — such as in matters involving family members, business partners or employers — to any other “similar” relationship was vague. 
“This catchall language fails to adequately limit the statute’s potential reach and does not inform or guide public officers as to what relationships require recusal,” the opinion said.

A more robust explanation of the case here.

We'll be sure to keep you up to date on how the appeal turns out.