Toward the end of a
video of the November 4 meeting of the Florida
Joint Legislative Auditing Committee
, the committee vice-chair
says that the testimony he heard was very "troubling." I felt the
same way about the meeting as a whole, but for completely different reasons. What occurred at this meeting is as troubling as anything I have seen in
seven years of following local government ethics matters nationwide.
From about 20 minutes into the video, the meeting is supposed to be
focused on the audit report on the Palm Beach County EC, which I
wrote about yesterday
. A member of the office drafting the
report summarized the report, and then the executive
director of the EC effectively summarized the EC's response to the report. The responsible thing for the committee to
do was to discuss the report's
conclusions and the EC's acceptance and questioning of the report's recommendations. No such discussion occurred.
Two more people spoke, both of them lawyers representing clients who
had been respondents in proceedings before the Palm Beach County EC.
No one was asked to respond to what they said, and very few questions were directed to the speakers.