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West Linn state representative authoring bill to put Governor spouses on clearer ethical footing.

Gov. John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes in 2011.

Gov. John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes in 2011.

Following the embarrassing revelation that Governor Kitzhaber’s “wife-to-be” Cylvia Hayes may have used state resources for her own personal gain, a state representative from West Linn says she’ll introduce legislation next month that will more clearly define the financial firewalls separating the formal duties of a First Lady from outside private business pursuits or other interests.

Representative Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, said state laws dealing with elected officials’ spouses can be confusing and become blurred, either by intent or innocently. An investigation into Ms. Hayes’ use of state resources for some of her travels dealing with business and environmental protection issues, that some say had a bearing on her own business, is ongoing. Parrish said she just wants to clear things up so that future first ladies can get better advice on what is, or is not appropriate use of state funds for special projects that might, even in a round-about way, financially benefit her or her husband.

Here’s more on the story in the Oregonian. Click here.

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