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  1. Voiding Contracts, Transactions, and Permits Where There Is an Ethics Violation

    ... of permits, contracts, or other transactions. City Ethics Model Code §106 , like the Connecticut law, does provide for ... of a contract or other transaction resulting from an ethics violation (a violation based on a finding by the local ethics commission). But it does allow the local legislative body to ratify the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-03-10 15:37 - 0 comments

  2. Summer Reading: Richard Painter on Ethics Reform I

    ... Painter's Getting the Government America Deserves: How Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference (Oxford U.P., 2009) may be about the federal executive branch ethics program, but this excellent book also has a lot to offer to local ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-09-12 08:03 - 0 comments


    Office of State Ethics Connecticut now has the Office of State Ethics , established July 1, 2005. The OSE administers Connecticut General ... Part II for Lobbyists. The OSE has a 9-member Citizen''s Ethics Advisory Board, and the office is divided into the following divisions: ...

    DonMc - 2008-12-02 09:11 - 1 comment

  4. Very Problematic Fort Worth Ethics Reform Proposals

    ... Weekly , Peter Gorman looked at the state of government ethics in Fort Worth and, most important, some proposed changes to its ethics program that take it in the wrong direction. Since it was the only ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-08-20 11:12 - 0 comments

  5. New Michigan Model Local Government Ethics Ordinance Is a Lemon

    ... a "toolbox" for local governments to create local ethics policies. Local government ethics is already governed by state statutes, but local governments can apparently supplement these rules with local laws and ethics boards. The toolbox consists of a website , whose principal feature ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-10-29 14:40 - 4 comments

  6. Chicago Ethics Task Force Files First Report

    The Chicago Ethics Reform Task Force report was published yesterday . Well, at least Part ... likely inexperienced lawyers to deal with a huge city's ethics program." The task force managed to draft an 83-page report in a ... But the report does not present a vision of a comprehensive ethics program for Chicago. It merely makes recommendations, 34 of them to ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-05-01 11:08 - 0 comments

  7. It's Time for Savannah to Declare Its Ethics Program's Independence

    ... I like to focus on the independence of local government ethics programs. The public naturally trusts any ethics program that has not been selected by the officials under ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-10-17 17:41 - 0 comments

  8. The Importance of Publicizing Ethics Programs

    If the governmental ethics community had a publicity program, the headline of a front-page ... Star would be a call to arms: Legislators agree: Ethics laws are puppies, not pit bulls The gist of the article is that, in Missouri and Kansas, the state ethics commissions are underfunded, the state ethics laws are too weak, and ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-05-27 19:31 - 0 comments

  9. Summer Reading: Richard Painter on Ethics Reform II

    ... on how Richard W. Painter's recommendations for federal ethics reform in his book, Getting the Government America Deserves: How Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference (Oxford U.P., 2009), may be applied to ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-09-12 08:03 - 0 comments

  10. Ethics Commissions Should Stick to Their Area of Jurisdiction and Should Stay Out of Politics

    A recent decision of the Wilton, NY ethics board (attached; see below) raises important issues regarding the selection of ethics commission members, their withdrawal from participation when they have a conflict, and the way an ethics commission handles allegations that are not covered by the ethics code. ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-03-22 08:51 - 1 comment