By the AJC Editorial Board, AJC columnists and guest columnists
It’s an old saying that locked doors do little more than keep honest people honest. That’s still an admirable goal, one that goes to the heart of why Georgia needs more-stringent ethics rules governing lawmakers and other key state officials.
Those carrying out the business of governance should be beyond reasonable reproach or suspicion that their actions are motivated by anything other than the common good. If that sounds naively idealistic, then so be it.
Admittedly, it’s unrealistic to expect that the throngs of red-badged lobbyists who pack Gold Dome hallways will thin out anytime soon. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t hold our state’s top leaders to a higher bar. That requires strengthening current ethics laws. A bill containing a package of ethics reforms was unveiled last week and is expected to be introduced soon in the General Assembly. It deserves prompt consideration and passage without substantial revision.
Read the rest of what the AJC Editorial Board has to say; along with Julianne Thompson, state coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots and co-organizer of the Atlanta Tea Party; and Rick Thompson, former executive director of the State Ethics Commission who now does ethics and governmental compliance consulting.
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