Last week, representatives from the Commission on Ethics presented proposed Ethics Code revisions to the Legislature. These suggested changes include:
- Amending the conflict of interest law to prohibit a legal entity controlled by an agency official from entering into contractual relationships with the official’s agency. This would close a loophole in the current law that only applies the prohibition to the official as an individual;
- Allowing final orders of the Ethics Commission to be recorded as liens on real or personal property;
- Changing the voting conflicts law to prohibit local officials from attempting to influence a decision in which he or she has a conflict, even if the official does not vote on the matter due to the conflict.
No legislation containing these measures has been filed yet, but FAC staff will continue to monitor.
For any questions related to this issue, please contact Laura Youmans, FAC Public Safety Advocate.