Representative Herron cited for ethics violation

by Ben Matheson on February 14, 2014

Representative Bob Herron was found to be in violation of legislative ethics code for not disclosing his stake in the school bus company. The Alaska Select Committee on Legislative Ethics announced the finding Thursday.

Herron did not declare a conflict of interest when the house debated a bill that included funds for student transportation. Herron is an owner of Golden Eagle Limited, which has a contract with the Lower Kuskokwim School District. The contract for the next three years is worth 1.5 million dollars a year.

In a letter to the committee this January, Herron wrote that he only realized after the house was at ease that he had not declared the conflict. He said that he had noted the contract in his ethics filing. The committee says Herron should have exercised an option to rescind his vote and declare the conflict.

Herron told KYUK that it wasn’t intentional and that he made a mistake. He says he has no excuse and won’t happen again.

Senator Lyman Hoffman was cited by the committee last year for failing to report income related to his interest in Golden Eagle Limited.

The legislative ethics committee is not recommending any corrective action. Herron did pay a 5,000 dollar fine for not filing state contract disclosure for the first three years of his term and leaving out information on disclosure from 2009 to 2011. He paid a civil penalty to the Alaska Public Offices commission of $7,446 for incomplete disclosures for the same years.

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