Sunday, February 10, 2008

Ethics Session Begins

The special session of the legislature for ethics reform began at 6:30 Sunday with an address from the governor. It will be interesting to see what comes out of this. Already resistance is growing to several of the proposals. Judges are not happy at being included, nor are local officials. Look for a lot of lobbying to take place from these groups.
Ethics legislation without strong penalties and enforcement is also a fear. Jindal didn't exactly reassure people on this score as he planned to pay a $2,500 fine out of his campaign funds, in direct contradiction to his advisory panel on ethics, which had proposed that fines not be paid by campaigns. In his initial proposal, he did not include this provision, but after pressure mounted, added it.
I say it's all smoke and mirrors, but only time will tell.

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