JUNEAU, Alaska -

An Anchorage senator has introduced legislation that he says is aimed at strengthening conflict of interest rules.

Sen. Bill Wielechowski said Alaskans "deserve to know that legislators are voting with the peoples' interests at heart, not their own."

The bill, according to a release, recognizes the responsibility of legislators to vote, except in cases, for example, where an immediate family member or a legislator's employer would receive large and direct financial benefits.

Wielechowski is seeking a change in legislative rules that would require a majority vote for a lawmaker to abstain. Currently, a legislator with a stated conflict can be forced to vote by the objection of a single lawmaker.