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An ethics committee unanimously cleared Pearce of wrongdoing, and he has called the ethics inquiry a partisan attack by Democrats. Pearce is running for reelection to the Idaho Senate against fellow Republican, Matthew Faulks, in the May 15 Primary Election. The winner of the Primary will be the opponent of Democrat, Jennifer Morgan, in the general election. As the dust was set- tling from the ethics inquiry and the legis- lature was about to adjourn, the Senate pushed through a last- minute rule change that requires disclosures of interest conflicts ear- lier in the legislative process. In addition to that rule change, Senate Republicans passed a regulation that closes future preliminary eth- ics inquiries to the pub- lic. This rule allows the Senate to keep secret any accusations against a Senator until a panel finds "substantial con- duct unbecoming a senator;' and violations of law that "brings dis- credit or embarrass- ment to the Senate" or is a breach of public trust. If a majority of an Ethics Committee, comprised of equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats, finds probable cause that a violation occurred, only then would a complaint become public. The idea is to spare embar- rassment or humiliation for Senators who might be falsely accused of unethical conduct. The rule change (Senate Resolution 107) toughens the standards for making a complaint and provides for a pre- liminary investigation to be conducted by the Ethics Committee behind closed doors. The required written complaint would be kept secret during the preliminary inquiry. If the committee finds probable cause that an ethics viola- tion occurred, the writ- ten complaint would then become public, as would committee pro- ceedings. If the commit- tee found no probable cause of a violation, the complaint and appoint- ment of the committee would remain confiden- tial. The Senate failed to include additional rule proposals, including an independent ethics commission, financial disclosure for lawmak- ers and a cooling-off period before former public employees can lobby state officials. Democrats objected to closing what has long been an open door on ethics committees and complaints. They pushed for an indepen- dent commission and the establishment of an independent ethics and whistleblower review commission (similar to those in 41 states), personal financial dis- closure for elected offi- cials (similar to 47 other states) and laws to curb the abuse of power. Republicans blocked these measures. Assistant Democratic Leader Les Bock called the secret pro- cess "abhorrent to our basic principles" and said that "rather than strengthening our eth- ics rules, we're weak- ening them:' He added: "Transparency is criti- cal here so people can make decisions about who to vote for and who not to vote for. We cannot operate this government in secrecy. The people have a right to know what we know and how we do it:" Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill argued, "This is a fair, balanced approach...and I think it is a step in the right direction" "This, I believe, is the best we can do for right now," Senator Dean Mortimer said. "It gives equal protection to the best of our ability to things that might be frivolous or to some- body that's trying to protect their reputation:' Democratic Senator Nicole LeFavour point- ed out that a prelimi- nary inquiry could be secretly stalled on a 3-3 vote by either party, voting in unison. "One party-line vote in dark- ness can squash an eth- ics complaint. That is not a strengthening of our ethics rules. It's a weakening:' Your n Transfer your Rx today! Kelly Ross, (PhT ACHC PHARMACY inside Adams County Health Clinic 205 N. Berkley, Council Idaho 208-253-4-957 Where you are treated like family! Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training And Licensing A Private Applicator Training and Testing course is scheduled for Monday, April 16-Wednesday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 24 & Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. each evening. The course will be held at the Washington County Weed Department located izers through irrigation systems on land they or their employer owns or -operates. The test that will be given at this work- shop will be for the RU Category. Training will be done by Sherm Takatori, Idaho State Dept. of Agriculture, Pesticide Applicator Training Program at 1118 E. Court Street,-Manager. The first four Weiser, ID. evenings will feature valu- According to the Idaho State Department of Agriculture a private applicator license is for those who use or super- vise the use of agricul- tural chemicals to treat land owned or operated by the Private Applicator or his employer and may be certified in one of the following categories: RU Category-to use or super- vise the use of restricted use pesticides to produce agricultural commodities or forest crops on land they or their employer owns or operates; and CH Category-for apply- ing pesticides or fertil- able classroom instruc- tion and the test will be given on the fifth night. This training is extremely valuable to those farmers/ ranchers and land man- agers who wish to have some additional instruc- tion to pass the certifica- tion examination. This is a fairly in-depth training in which the pass rate is much better for persons who attend it. There is no cost for this class how- ever an Idaho Pesticide Applicator Training Manual is required. Manuals are available at the Weed Department for $7 plus tax. If those who take the test pass with a minimum score of seventy percent (70%) they can then complete an ISDA license applica- tion form, pay a $10 fee for the RU Category and they will receive their license. After becoming licensed 6 hours of vali- dated pesticide training are required every two years for renewal purpos- es. Continuing education is extremely important as we carry on as respon- sible applicators. This course is not for those who already have an Idaho Pesticide Applicator License. Recertification credits will not be offered. Other credit opportuni- ties will be offered at a later date. This workshop is spon- sored by Washington County Weed Control and the Lower Weiser River Cooperative Weed Management Area. Please contact Bonnie Davis at Washington County Weed, 414-1950 to pre- register. THE ADAMS COUNTY RECORD USPS: 005-120 Copyright 2012 The Adams County Record is published weekly at 100 Illinois Ave., Council, Idaho 83612-000R by Adams County Record Publishing Co LLC., Lyle Sail, Publisher. Periodical postage is paid at Council, Idaho. BUSINESS HOURS Open Monday -Friday 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. CONTACT US 100 Illinois Ave. Council, ID 83612 (208) 253-6961 Fax: (208) 253-6801 Send submissions to: LETTERS POLICY Letters to the editor must meet the standards of good taste and truthfulness, be original, and con- tain the address and phone number of the author. Letters should be kept as short as possible (400 word maximum). We will print a maximum of one letter every other week per individual. We welcome Thank You letters from individuals and non-profit community grohps. hank you" letters from other groups or letters over 200 words will be billed. Call for rates. GUEST OPINIONS Publication of guest opinions is at the discretion of the editor. 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