DENVER State Rep. J. Paul Brown made his first attempt to reduce the reach of government on Tuesday with a bid to end mandatory ethics training for accountants.
Brown, R-Ignacio, campaigned on reducing the scope of government. On Tuesday, he tried unsuccessfully to amend a minor bill on certified public accountants to remove the requirement that they take an ethics class.
I just feel like they should be ethical in the first place, and government is too far-reaching. Were sticking our nose where it shouldnt be, Brown said.
The bills sponsor, state Rep. Matt Jones, D-Louisville, said ethics training is needed now more than ever.
In the era of Bernie Madoff, it just seems to me like we cant emphasize that enough, Jones said.
Jones House Bill 1015 is a technical change to make clear what training someone needs to get a license as a certified public accountant.
Brown got support from state Rep. Spencer Swalm, R-Centennial. If people dont know not to lie, cheat or steal, they wont learn it at an ethics class, Swalm said.
Look at the Ten Commandments. Why dont we have classes where we force professionals to sit down and read the Ten Commandments over and over again? That would do the job, Swalm said.
But only a few representatives voted for Browns amendment, and it lost on a voice vote. The bill passed the first of its two House votes.