- 3 charged with burglarizing Scott City bar (10/14/16)4
- West Park Mall to be closed Thanksgiving (10/14/16)2
- Shooting injures two people in Cape early Tuesday (10/19/16)34
- Perry County: A great place to find home away from home (10/14/16)
- Tours provide a glimpse of Cape Girardeau's supposedly haunted past (10/17/16)1
- Cape Girardeau County: A great place to grab a bite (10/14/16)1
- Man charged after cops try to cuff him in his sleep (10/14/16)9
- Three weeks and then what? (10/18/16)1
- Suspected attacker of Southeast student apprehended (10/19/16)5
- Mom jailed with daughter after mailing drug to her (10/16/16)
It is lamentable that elected officials who make our laws would need to pass ethics legislation to monitor and control their own lapses in good judgment. But that's the reality, both on the state level and in Washington, D.C.
In Missouri, ethical issues are handled by the Missouri Ethics Commission. Possible violations are reported to the commission, which has a review process. In some cases, sanctions are applied.
The actions of some state legislators in recent years have prompted a new package of proposed ethics rules that will be considered in the legislative session that starts in January. House Majority Leader Steve Tilley of Perryville, Mo., had said the ethics package will have a high priority. The new rules would apply to lobbyists as well as current and former legislators.
Meanwhile, there have been accusations of ethical lapses in Congress, lately regarding the deals that have been made in getting enough votes to push health care reform through the House and Senate. More deals are likely in the offing as the two bills are massaged by a conference committee. The compromise bill will need to be approved again by both houses.
Ethics violations underscore the public's distrust of elected officials. Perhaps tougher rules can help.