New Ethics Rules On Tap For NC Boards, Commissions

New ethics rules are ahead for members of North Carolina's state boards and commissions.

Gov. Beverly Perdue prepared to sign Wednesday executive orders her office says will strengthen ethics requirements for the panels.

Executive orders usually apply to employees whose offices are under control of or people appointed directly by the governor.

A Democratic consultant and critic of former Gov. Mike Easley called on Perdue to remove former Easley aide Ruffin Poole from the Golden LEAF Foundation board. Poole attempted to block a subpoena from the State Board of Elections to testify at a hearing on Easley's campaign finances.

Perdue told Sinsheimer she was considering a rule where gubernatorial appointees would be fired if they are indicted or refuse to cooperate with an investigation.

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