New Ethics Reform Law For NC Government

Governor Beverly Perdue has signed into law a measure that aims to improve public trust in state government.

The legislation is the latest response to a series of corruption and campaign finance investigations over the past decade that have rocked the Democrats who control state government.

The legislation toughens penalties for illegal campaign donations above $10,000 and expands personnel information that must be released to the public about state employees.

Republican State Senator Harry Brown says, "If you look at the past few years of some of the scandals in North Carolina I think most people are really sick of it to be honest. It just really makes things more transparent to the public which I think is a good thing."

Residents like Josephine Haywood from Onslow County think it's a good thing. "It's not going to happen overnight. It's going to take time for everything to happen." Russ Davis from Onslow County says, "If she's going to ensure all departments and government enforce it fully then yes, it will probably have some bite in it, but if it's not completely enforced across the board then what good is it?"

The new law does not contain a requirement that state vendors be limited in donating to the political campaign of someone seeking a high state office that has the authority to award contracts.

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