The Indiana House of Representatives today passed new ethics rules which lawmakers hope will help avoid future conflicts on interests, in part, by catching potential problems before they occur.

The new rules adopted today call for lawmakers to avoid even the appearance of impropriety when voting on issues.   In addition lawmakers cannot vote on matters where they have a “direct, unique and substantial effect” on their personal income, family or business.

State Representative Greg Steuerwald tells Indy Politics that lawmakers will also be able to take  possible ethics conflicts to the committee before they occur so the matter can be resolved early.

You can hear his comments above.  They run approximately nine minutes.  The audio is courtesy of Leon-Tailoring.