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Monty Pearce’s land lease shows that contrary to his statement on the floor of the Senate that he had land leases going back 30 years, this lease was just signed in November of 2011 and filed with the county in December of 2011. That is an awfully short period of time to forget something that has the potential to be a lucrative investment.
We are thankful that a Senate ethics committee has been called and hopeful that they act quickly. Previous efforts at self-regulation have proven ineffective and it is highly suspect that Pearce will receive anything but a slap on the hand.
There is nothing political about insisting that our Statesman act like statesman and follow the rules. It is past time that they hold themselves to a high ethical standard. If we had meaningful ethics reform and an independent ethics commission we would be able to ensure that our public servants weren’t self servants first and letting the people of Idaho come second.