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Ethics bills raise talk of conflicts in Vermont

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Legislation that would create a new state Ethics Commission has lawmakers talking about situations in which their work in the Legislature could help their outside professional life or business.

Several lawmakers interviewed on the question say that in a part-time Legislature that pays most lawmakers less than $13,000 a year, it's necessary for members to have other jobs outside their legislative business.

Some question the results. Rep. George Till - a physician - recently spoke in favor of a bill removing case records from the Medical Practice Board website when doctors are found not to have engaged in unprofessional conduct. Rep. Ronald Hubert of Milton spoke against a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages last year that could have caused headaches at his convenience store business.

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