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  1. An Ethics Commission's Role and Authority: Two Case Studies

    ... are two interesting situations where it is not clear what an ethics commission's role and authority are. One in Baltimore, the other in Philadelphia. Ethics Commission or Agency, Ethics or Personnel? In Baltimore, according ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-03-19 11:25 - 0 comments

  2. Illinois Model Local Government Ethics Ordinance -- Inspiration for Michigan's and Even Worse

    ... critiqued the new Michigan model local government ethics ordinance . Mark Liss, a council member in Michigan alerted me (and the ... with the Illinois model local government ethics ordinance , which was drafted in 2003. He even does a ... ordinances' gift bans. I don't have a problem with ethics code plagiarism. Ethics codes aren't copyrighted, and there's no reason ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-11-15 10:35 - 0 comments

  3. New Cuyahoga County Executive Puts a New Ethics Policy First

    ... and council, and a new (albeit so far barebones) ethics policy announced on Monday as the first act of the new county executive. The basic ethics policy has only four provisions, as follows: Will not solicit or ... their official duties; Will be required to sign an ethics policy statement and receive training in ethics requirements of the new ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-01-05 15:22 - 0 comments

  4. "De Minimis" Is a Big Term in Government Ethics

    One of the biggest little problems in government ethics is the inability to filter out very minor violations, which can be dealt ... where they exist, either in an ordinance provision or an ethics commission regulation. This discretion should not be left to advisory ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-03-07 09:20 - 0 comments

  5. The Many Reasons Why a City or County Attorney Should Not Provide Ethics Advice

    A month ago, I wrote about some problems Honolulu's ethics program was having with the corporation counsel. The problems ... last week has been the corporation counsel's provision of ethics advice. So far, the argument has primarily taken place in the form of ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-12-10 10:45 - 0 comments

  6. Juggling Two Types of Ethics Reform in DuPage County (IL)

    ... Chicago (its largest town is Naperville), is juggling two ethics ordinance revision processes, one for the county, the other for the ... Both appear to have attracted some controversy. County Ethics Ordinance The county board is not seeking major ethics reforms. The ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-09-10 16:27 - 0 comments

  7. Ethics Reform in Annapolis

    ... Baltimore and Washington, D.C. With respect to government ethics, the county for which it is the county seat, Anne Arundel County, has a relatively good ethics program , complete with an executive director, which is very unusual ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-12-12 08:27 - 0 comments

  8. When a Department Engages In Ethics Advice and Enforcement

    What should an ethics program do when an agency or department takes ethics advice and enforcement into its own hands? This issue has arisen ... by the finance director and in accordance with the county ethics code." The finance director suspended an employee for two weeks ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-02-18 08:25 - 0 comments

  9. Second Round of Chicago Ethics Reforms I - Good Ideas

    The second round of Chicago ethics reform recommendations , based on the ethics task force's second report (attached; see below), have been proposed by ... activities), much secrecy, little consistency in setting ethics policy and making precedents, and a serious obstacle to having officials ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-11-20 09:59 - 0 comments

  10. Louisville's Middling Ethics Reforms

    ... , Baltimore , and now Louisville have come up with ethics reforms in the past week or so. Baltimore's reforms were disappointing, ... spent two years working on, or fighting about, the city's ethics reforms. The city started out with a decent although minimal ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-03-14 08:57 - 0 comments

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