Ethics reform long overdue

April 09, 2008 at 4:35 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Louisiana will become a national model for ethics in government, overcoming our past to lead the country in transparency. Every representative that holds a position of power that is supposed to stand for fairness in society as a whole should be held accountable for their actions. Louisiana's history of public corruption continues to harm our image around the country.

National rankings highlight the real weaknesses in our governmental ethics laws, inhibiting prospects for greater investment and economic growth, and accountability. 

Governor Bobby Jindal speaking about the ethics reform movement in the state said, “this is not just another day in the State Capitol. Today is a historic day for the state of Louisiana. We have promised an end to corruption and incompetence in state government. 

“Make no mistake about it - This is a massive first step.”  
Many agree and think the active process to end corruption in government is long overdue.  For example, legislators, executive branch department heads, their spouses and businesses will no longer be allowed to enter into contracts with the state that are authorized or renewed during their term of office and for one year thereafter. Another sign that change is on the way in Louisiana government at the highest levels, is the fact that elected officials will no longer be allowed  to receive free tickets to attend professional and collegiate sporting events, hunting and fishing trips and golf outings.

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