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Minnesota Public Radio interviews Professor Kunkel on STOCK Act

Department of Government Political Science professor Joseph Kunkel was among the expert analysts interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio to discuss the major new law enacted by Congress.

2012-02-12

Department of Government Political Science professor Joseph Kunkel of Minnesota State University, Mankato was among the expert analysts interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio to discuss the major new law enacted by Congress.

The recently enacted STOCK Act was a bill introduced by first District Congressman Tim Walz. It was designed to combat insider trading by members of Congress and was passed by an overwhelming 417-2 margin Thursday, Feb. 9.

Kunkel was interviewed by Brett Neely, Minnesota Public Radio's Washington, D.C. correspondent. The interview focused on Congressman Walz's efforts to pass the STOCK Act and the possible political consequences of the new law.

Walz's ethics reform legislation earned its nickname from the first initials of the bill, the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act. It bars members of Congress, their staff and senior executive branch advisers from applying insider information gathered on the job when trading stock and securities.

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