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Beshear makes appointments to executive ethics commission

May 28, 2020 GMT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear is reorganizing a state commission that promotes ethical conduct by elected officials in the executive branch.

Beshear said Wednesday he wanted to “restore the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to what it should be.”

Beshear, a Democrat, made three appointments to the five-member board and said he would take recommendations from the state attorney general and state auditor for two more positions. Both the AG and the auditor are Republicans.

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Beshear said the commission should “no longer be five individuals directly appointed by the governor with no input from others.”

A release from Beshear’s office said former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin in 2016 remade the board completely without any input from other elected officials.

Beshear appointed former state auditor Crit Luallen, former state Sen. David Karem and Roger Crittenden, a former circuit judge to the commission.