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Legislative Ethics committee meets Monday in Anchorage

The Alaska Legislature’s Select Committee on Legislative Ethics meets Monday at 10 am in the Anchorage Legislative Information Offices, at the corner of Benson Blvd. and Minnesota Drive in Anchorage (Wells Fargo Building).

On the agenda are two House complaints to be taken up in executive session, which is behind closed doors.

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The meeting, except for executive session (which will be almost all of the meeting), will be teleconferenced. The call-in numbers are:

Anchorage Only: 907-563-9085. Juneau Only: 907-586-9085. Outside Anchorage or Juneau: 1-844-586-9085

Ethics complaints are kept private so that they don’t become politicized, so there’s no documentation about what the complaints are about. If media reports are made about the specific complaints before they are adjudicated, the complaints are typically dismissed as having been weaponized.

The committee meets on an as-needed basis to administer the Legislative Ethics Act, AS 24.60. The requirements and prohibitions in the Legislative Ethics Act apply to legislators, most employees of the legislative branch, and the public members of the Ethics Committee. The committee has no jurisdiction over those who work in the Executive Branch of the State of Alaska.

The committee is made up of Republican Sen. Gary Stevens, the president of the Senate; Democrat Sen. Loki Tobin (she/her) of Anchorage; Republican Rep. DeLena Johnson of Palmer; and Democrat Rep. Sara Hannan of Juneau. Of the legislators on the committee, Johnson is the only solid Republican, as Stevens is the majority leader of a caucus dominated by Democrats.

Public members of the committee are committee Chairman Dennis “Skip” Cook, an attorney from Fairbanks; Joyce Anderson of Anchorage; Deb Fancher of Anchorage; Gerald McBeath of Fairbanks; and H. Connor Thomas, a Nome attorney who is a registered Democrat. Besides the Democrat, the other public members are registered nonpartisans.

The Ethics Committee is staffed by Administrator Jerry Anderson and Administrative Assistant Jacqueline Yeagle.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


  1. Unless it’s a complaint against a conservative nothing will ever happen – they’re very good at circling the wagons to protect each other.

    • Chuck, You are exactly right on. These Democrats can’t spell the word Ethics
      let alone know what it is. That is why it is behind closed doors.

  2. Well! One can always get employment as a janitor/housekeeping for the Wellsfargo building. Heheheheh. That’s one way to snoop, just don’t go seeking, just use your eyes to scan the room while completing daily duties. The janitor/housekeeping got keys to every room usually. Besides no one realty notices the housekeeping a perfect mole.

  3. The Legislative Ethics Committee should be embarrassed by their own ethics!!! We the People can see the king has no clothes!!!

  4. When they come to take the guns, Suzanne and Amy will tell us that we should comply and obey the law!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That’s how screwed we are. Thanks girls

  5. How ironic is that? Legislative & ethics are two words that should never be used together!

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