House Bill 1269 lists several ways in which its sponsors believe a commissioner would have a conflict of interest that the appointee should disclose. Not surprisingly, they include having a "direct or substantial financial interest" in a company that could be affected by a matter before the panel.
But then the bill, which has 22 House sponsors alone, charges into the murky waters of mind-reading.
A commissioner also has a conflict of interest, it seems, if he or she "is not capable of judging a matter fairly on the basis of its own circumstances or has an unalterably closed mind on an issue critical to the disposition of the matter."
An unalterably closed mind? Is that a clinical condition we hadn't heard about? How is it determined? By a panel of psychologists?
More seriously, do lawmakers really expect anyone on the commission to actually know, let alone report, when they have an "unalterably closed mind"?
It's just a hunch, but we suspect that for some of the bill's sponsors, the best evidence of an unalterably closed mind is a strong opinion they disagree with.
The Denver Post, April 14