Rep. Jeannie Darneille wants to save the state money by shutting down the agency charged with acting as an ethics watchdog for the executive branch.
The House Ways and Means Committee could decide today whether to eliminate the Executive Ethics Board.
The board’s $492,000 budget comes from legal-services funds paid by state agencies. Darneille, whose General Government Appropriations Committee has been scouring government for savings, has offered an amendment cutting the money from the budget.
Darneille explains: “What concerned me about them was the low level of productivity of the board. They don’t meet but I think six times a year. They have four staff. They haven’t had any major decisions that have come out of the board.”
Most of the fines it gives out are for state employees alleged to have misused public resources, usually by doing personal business at work or on government computers.