Policing the politicians; state ethics commissions lack muscle

By Caitlin Ginley

Underfunded, politically crippled commissions frequently do little more than slap wrists

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ethics":

"… ” McDonald said. “They want it to go away.”   …"

"… — but it has initiated just 18 investigations through 2010.The Tennessee Ethics Commission, also established in 2006, has yet to find anyone guilty of an …"

"… e complaints in five years — and thrown all of them out.The Pennsylvania Ethics Commission takes in between 400 and 600 complaints each year. But severe b …"

"… vestigators to handle the workload.And last year, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission had its full-time support staff reduced from two people to one. …"

Lobbying laws in the states

By Neil Gordon

A round-up of lobbying laws that have recently been enacted or changed

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oklahoma Ethics Commission":

"… period for legislators and other elected state officials. That month, the Oklahoma Ethics Commission considered raising the amount that a lobbyist can spend in a year on any s …"

Watchdogs on short leashes

By Kenneth Vogel and Leah Rush

For most legislatures, ethics enforcement is an in-house affair; for the rest, agencies that oversee them are kept on a short leash

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oklahoma Ethics Commission":

"… nd duties of the commissions in those states' respective constitutions.The Oklahoma Ethics Commission and Rhode Island's agency are the only two commissions that can create eth …"

"… islature and prosecute violations of those rules as civil infractions. The Oklahoma Ethics Commission would never have been granted such wide-reaching powers were it not for th …"

"… Standards and Practices Commissions.Even the constitutionally established Oklahoma Ethics Commission, which executive director Hughes asserted is the most powerful ethics comm …"

Oklahoma

By The Center for Public Integrity

A snapshot of ethics practices in Oklahoma

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"… he Web site.Note: Some information provided by the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws' "Ethics Update" 2000. For more information or to purchase the refere …"

"… te: Some information provided by the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws' "Ethics Update" 2000. For more information or to purchase the reference, visit www …"