Two months ago, I
out Patricia Salkin's new summary
reported cases dealing with ethical aspects of local government land use matters.
I'm finally getting around to analyzing one of them that provides a
fascinating perspective on why conflicts of interest are important. The
decision shows that, when you look at...
Tallahassee takes a compliance approach to ethics. Its ethics code is
aspirational, based on core values. Its ethics training employs a
Character First approach. Conflicts of interest are only a small
portion of a program that ranges from personnel and transparency issues
to harassment, discrimination, and fraud.
This is not the sort of ethics program usually discussed in this blog,
because it is not what is...
Massachusetts has been very busy reforming its ethics laws. Most of the
reforms involve the increase of penalties, plugging loopholes, banning
gifts, and increasing the authority of the state ethics commission,
which has jurisdiction over local government officials and employees.
Highlights of the reform
bill can be found in an...
A few days ago, I wrote a blog
post about how several government officials in Wausau mishandled a
conflict situation involving the purchase of property fixed up with an
interest-free loan from HUD. Yesterday's The State of South Carolina
other HUD loan conflict situations in Columbia, which are...
On Sunday, the Lexington Herald-Leader took an unflattering
look at Kentucky's legislative ethics commission. As in New York
central problem appears to be the commission's lack of independence.
Two important changes were made to the commission's independence in
1996, three years after it was created. The first change involved who...