Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Legislative Ethics: It's Time to Amend Our State Constitution

Utah deserves an independent ethics commission

Fine guest commentary in this morning's Deseret News, by Jeffrey L. Novak, Chairman of the Coalition for Ethics and Accountability in Government:
Utah deserves independent ethics commission
Once again the same familiar pattern was repeated by the 2009 State Legislature. The Utah electorate was screaming for legislative ethics reform. Once again the 2009 session was kicked off by grand statements from the legislature that a serious effort would be made (this time) to enact robust ethics reform legislation. Once again the legislature dawdled, quarrelled, sat on its thumbs and finally delivered laughably paltry legislation which (even with the utmost generosity extended to the legislature) could only be described as "meager and weak."

Forty other states have already decided that it is necessary to divorce the oversight of ethical conduct from their legislative systems.

Time for Utah to adopt a system whereby somebody other than the foxes are delegated the responsibility of guarding the hen house, we believe.

If it takes a constitutional amendment to accomplish this, let's get to it, Utah Lumpencitizens.

And what say our gentle readers about all this?


Ozboy said...

"Ethics" and "Utah State Legislature" in the same sentence? Rudi, Rudi, Rudi I want some of what your taking! This ethics reform idea is a rich and wonderful fantasy for sure, but it ainta gonna happen in Zion unless the voters of Utah awake from their deep GOP slumber and start electing ethical candidates to all offices - statewide and local.

The Lovely Jennifer said...

Let us begin with Our very own Ogden City Election for Mayor -- next time around.


democrat said...

Rudi Rudi Rudi. The only way that's going to happen, is if the Prophet tell his people to vote for the Democrats.

Because Republicans will never go for this!!!

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