W.Va. Gov Unconvinced Of Need To Boost Ethics Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Gov. Joe Manchin isn't sold on requiring public officials to disclose their spouses' employers and financial interests.

Manchin told reporters Tuesday that he understood the concerns of senators who killed a pending ethics bill just before the legislative session ended Saturday.

The bill was the first to pass the house, and did so unanimously.

Besides extending disclosure to spouses, it called for greater reporting of officials' financial holdings and income sources.

It also proposed a one-year waiting period before public officials could become lobbyists.

Some lawmakers want Manchin to revive the measure on a special session agenda.

The nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity says that more than half the states require such spousal disclosures.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by SteveO Location: City on Mar 21, 2010 at 10:53 PM
    Anyone who is unconvinced that they might be at least partially swayed by an employer has never been employed. Anyone who is unconvinced that a spouse might sway them has never been married. Any politician who is unconvinced of the need for ethics is unethical. I realize that we need representatives to govern us and provide a voice for our wishes, that's representative democracy. But politicians don't voice our wishes and fail to govern us (properly, and ethically). RUNNING for a political office should automatically disqualify someone from ever holding a political office. We couldn't do worse by picking them in a lottery and my guess is that we'd do better two draws out of three.
  • by no kidding on Mar 19, 2010 at 06:42 PM
    What....a politician not wanting to boost ethics???? Unreal.
  • by Sarah on Mar 19, 2010 at 08:49 AM
    of course there is no need for HIM!!!!
  • by Kim Location: Williamstown on Mar 18, 2010 at 11:05 AM
    Could this be because he is a public official? DUH!!!
  • by ViennaGuy Location: Vienna on Mar 17, 2010 at 10:45 AM
    Why must there be a "need" before we make changes to the ethics laws? Shouldn't we *want* to improve ethics laws for purposes of integrity and trust in public office? With regard to the waiting period to become lobbyists, the minimum waiting period should be the equivalent of a gubernatorial term - four years.
  • by David Location: parkersburg on Mar 17, 2010 at 06:47 AM
    It would be interesting to see the connection many politicians have in business dealings as elected officials. Most people would be supprised when you follow the money trail that being elected to serve the people usually comes down to what benefits the the elected official and the people they are connected to financially. Unfortunately this is how WV has opperated for a long time. Many fine people start out wanting to be there for the right reasons but become corrupted by the old gaurd.
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