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  1. Yet Another Underhanded Attempt to Water Down the Broward County Ethics Commission's New Ethics Code

    ... fought and fought against the prospect of having a new ethics code , written by the county ethics commission. August 10 is the deadline by which they must either approve ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  2. Ethics in Congress II - The Principles of Legislative Ethics and the Appearance Standard

    ethics in congress.jpg In my first post on Dennis Thompson's book Ethics in Congress: From Individual to Institutional Corruption , ... and are therefore the least developed part of legislative ethics.” By accountability, Thompson means doing what is necessary ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  3. Taking State Laws Into Account When Drafting Ethics Provisions

    ... is important to take state laws into account when drafting ethics provisions, especially in local governments that do not have home ... are two situations in the news where this was not done, and ethics reform has been undermined. Dealing with the state laws from the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  4. D.C. Ethics Board's Flawed Recommendations for Reform

    ... I wrote a blog post about the District of Columbia ethics board's first public forum seeking recommendations for ethics reform. On April 17, the ethics board published a report that makes ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  5. Ethics Reform Testimony in D.C. and Tallahassee

    ... be really helpful if people could find recommendations for ethics reform all in one place, but this rarely happens. Ethics task forces and ethics commissions that ask for such recommendations ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 1 comment

  6. Regional Ethics Commissions via Interlocal Cooperation Agreements

    ... between cities and towns in the county to give the county ethics commission jurisdiction over the municipalities' ethics training, advice, disclosure, and enforcement. The agreement is ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  7. Situational Ethics Is Inappropriate in a Government Ethics Context

    The term "situational ethics" derives from a particular theory of a priest named Joseph Fletcher, but it is more generally understood to mean dealing with ethics in terms of a particular situation and particular goals (ends-oriented ethics). In other words, it is ethics that allows for different rules in ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  8. An Ethics Board Chair Who Should Not Have Been on the Board Refuses to Discuss His Own Conflict

    ... painful to see the chair of a major county board of ethics refusing to even speak to the press about his own possible conflict of ... in October. What was WGN asking the Cook County (IL) ethics board chair about? According to the WGN report, over the last two ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  9. Maryland Local Ethics Requirements

    ... for states to encourage the creation of local government ethics programs by drafting model ethics codes. It's also a good idea for states to require minimal local ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments

  10. A City Attorney Wearing Too Many Ethics Hats

    ... a local government attorney wear when it comes to government ethics? This question arises out of a state bar grievance filed against ... council member alleged that the city attorney violated legal ethics rules by providing legal advice to her before an inspector general ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2018-12-19 17:18 - 0 comments