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Van Hollen and two justices told to reveal blind trusts

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Wisconsin's attorney general and two Supreme Court justices will no longer be able to keep their financial assets in blind trusts.

The Government Accountability Board voted 4-2 this week not to allow the trusts which are now held by J.B. Van Hollen, and Justices Pat Roggensack and Annette Ziegler.


The blind trusts prevent the officials from knowing exactly where their money is invested, with the idea of preventing conflicts of interest in cases that come before them.

But board member William Eich says those trusts also keep the public in the dark and it's more important that people know where officials have their money invested to avoid actual conflicts.

The affected officials now have until next April to reveal their investments or apply to the board for an exemption.