2006 Ethics Trends and Issues

A continuing and leading trend in 2006 in state ethics issues is a fundamental re-examination of the core characteristics embodied within and mechanisms used to implement ethics oversight. In some states, this review emanates from the apparent absence of institutional processes to address public sector conduct widely viewed as unethical. In others, this reassessment of ethics administration standards, including agency independence and internal operation, accompanies executive and legislative consideration of additional measures for ethics reform. Significantly, all the state efforts appear directed at enhancing rather than diminishing ethics oversight.

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About the Author
David Freel has been the executive director of the Ohio Ethics Commission since 1994. Before  joining the Ethics Commission staff, he was a faculty member of the Ohio State University College of Law. Freel has written articles on Ohio’s Ethics Law and given ethics presentations at seminars and conferences in the United States and Canada. He is a past president of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) and was honored with the COGEL Service Award in 2002.