House Speaker To Ask Court To Look At Ethics Amendment

Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff wants the state's highest court to determined whether problems with an ethics law passed last year can be addressed by the legislature.

Amendment 41 was passed by voters last year and bans gifts to public employees worth more than 50 dollars. But the measure has had some unintended consequences, among them preventing children of public employees from receiving scholarships.

The legislature would like to fix some of the problems, but the law as written bars the legislature from making "substantial changes" in the amendment.

Romanoff has asked the state supreme court to determine whether the law can be fine–tuned. It's not yet known whether the court will accept the request.