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Budget panel: Give ethics board the ax

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm with 1 Comment »
February 26, 2010 3:37 pm

The House Ways and Means Committee voted this afternoon to eliminate funding for the Executive Ethics Board.

Find out more about the proposal here.

A couple of comments from before the voice vote:

Rep. Jeannie Darneille, in support: “I believe we are in the toughest of economic times, and I cannot justify to my voters spending $492,000 to maintain this kind of scrutiny of 11 state employees.” The board fined 11 people last year.

Rep. Gary Alexander, in opposition: “To me this is an important area. We need to maintain ethics oversight, as much in the executive side of the government as we do in the legislative side … I’m concerned that this sends the wrong message.”

It’s possible some aspect of the ethics board could be salvaged. Chairwoman Kelli Linville suggested Darneille should work with Republicans before the bill goes to the House floor to “make sure we can still hold everybody to the same level of accountability.”

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  1. The Executive Ethics Board (EEB) does this also:

    The EEB staff continued to offer training to all agencies in a myriad of ways: a 4-hour in-depth look at the Ethics in Public Service Act, RCW 42.52; a 90-minute refresher course for those employees who already have a good working knowledge of the Act; an on-line 30-minute sessions, both interactive and non-interactive; and other sessions specifically tailored to the agency’s needs.

    Over the past year, the EEB Staff held 59 training sessions across the state and trained over 2690 state employees, an increase of 149% over last year. The EEB staff also presented at the Governor’s orientation of new board and commissioner members and participated in a continuing legal education session for the Attorney General’s Office.

    See State of Washington, EEB, Annual Report 2009, at 12 Training

    Apparent to me is this: “Between January 1 and December 31, 2009 the EEB opened 67 new cases.” and provided training to over 2,690-Washington State government employees or committee members related to what not to do that is fraud upon the Washington State ‘Taxpayers’ trust.

    So, Rep. Jeannie Darneille referencing this agency as only effective to provide solution to 11-cases show to me that your not informed about what the EEB agency does, did, and has done to prevent Washington government employees and agents fraud on the ‘Taxpayers’ dime. Therefore, your office should be the first one closed to save us ‘Taxpayers’ money today!

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