If you were wondering if ethics reform in the District is on the right track, rest easy because it seems that it is.
Strong indications of that are the actions taken by the nearly year-old D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability.
The first indication - the board's condemnations of Councilmember Jim Graham’s conduct while on the Metro Board. Another is their admonishment of Councilmember Vincent Orange's interference in the D.C. health department's closing of a market due to health concerns.
Further proof that ethics reform is headed in the right direction is the board's recent submission of 16 recommendations to the council that would broaden the board's authority. The recommendations call for strengthening the rules regarding anti-nepotism; criminalizing conflict of interest violations; and the power to recommend the removal of D.C. lawmakers.
But here's the issue. The city council can't just approve the recommendations. Legislation has to be proposed by someone on the council.
It's been over four weeks since the board announced their recommendations, and so far, no legislation has been proposed. To be fair, I realize that these things don't move that fast. I know the council has been focused on the city's budget, but I can't help but get a little nervous.
So far, the council hasn't shown a significant amount of support for the recommendations and I’m worried that the board and the citizens of the District won't get the response they are looking for or deserve.
If you are supportive of stronger ethics enforcement, you should reach out to your council member and given them a nudge.
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