Ethics in politics under discussion

Virginia is striving to be more ethical. On September 29, the topic of ethics was discussed in Richmond at the first meeting of the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory.

NBC29 reported that the objective of the council was “to provide guidance on ethical dilemmas and possible conflicts of interest state lawmakers may come across.”

“We here in Virginia are just trying to set up a framework for public officials that they can easily follow, where they know the rules,” said 15th District Delegate C. Todd Gilbert (R).

The advisory council has good intentions in establishing ethical standards in Virginia politics, but there is much more progress to be made.

The panel consists of lawmakers of both parties and two former judges who will placed “in charge of the group in an effort to establish a degree of apolitical leadership and appear more neutral.”

“There’s a lot of moving parts. This is brand new,” said Chris Piper, the council’s executive director. “There’s a lot of things that we’re all trying to figure out.

The Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory plans to meet again before the year ends; however there is no scheduled meeting at this time.

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