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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  • by teacher Location: Plymouyh on Aug 3, 2010 at 11:08 AM
    What would Bev know about ethics?
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Aug 2, 2010 at 09:16 PM
    Smoke and Mirrors. The 10 commandants were etched in stone and later put to parchment and later penned on paper. How many politicians abide by them in this Nation under God? The constitution was signed by the founding fathers of this country and summarily disregarded by modern politicians who see them as obsolete but useful when applied in their favor. Committing to paper the conduct becoming an ethical person or practice simply excuses those unethical behaviors that came before. As if we did not know because there was no sign telling us what to do before. There are only two statements needed to remind any future politician of proper conduct..... If getting into political office personally benefits you, then it is ethically incompatible with the office. Once in office, if anything you do personally benefits you, then it is ethically wrong.... Furthermore, service to this country should not include a golden umbrella for politicians anymore than it does for our soldiers.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 2, 2010 at 07:41 PM
    How can a Governor without ethics sign into law a ethics bill?
  • by Jim Location: Grifton on Aug 2, 2010 at 07:29 PM
    Way to go Bev! What a great job you are doing!
  • by Rich Location: Greenville on Aug 2, 2010 at 07:21 PM
    I surprised lightning didn't shoot down from the sky and fry her filthy hand when she picked up the pen.
  • by V on Aug 2, 2010 at 05:49 PM
    Looky,Looky,Mommy!I signed a bill!Good Grief mommy thanks for signing a piece of paper when I was a child to make me behave!Now I know the difference between right and wrong.Thanks Mommy,if I knew all I had to do is write up a bill and sign it then everybody would have morals now.Looky,Looky!

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