This is the first of a series of looks at the ethics programs of
smaller cities, towns, and counties. These local governments have
the resources to create an independent, comprehensive ethics
program, but they rarely do. It is valuable to look at both the good ideas and the bad ideas
in the programs they have chosen to create.
I will start with League City,
, whose new ordinance dealing with electronic
communications during council meetings caught my eye. League City is
a fast-growing city of 85,000 between Houston and Galveston. It
passed an ethics ordinance at the end of 2009 and established an
Ethics Review Board in 2011. Texas has local government ethics laws,
but the League City council decided to supplement them.