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Assembly panel votes to ease conflict-of-information checks on lawmakers

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A state Assembly committee voted yesterday to stop making people give their names and addresses before they can check for conflicts of interest by public officials.

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On a 6-3 vote, the judiciary panel endorsed a bill to post the economic holdings of 2,100 officials on the Internet, things like stocks and businesses owned by lawmakers.

The idea is to discourage officials from using their offices for personal or business gain.

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