Saturday, October 24, 2009
Virginians Want Ethics Investigations Made Public
According to a poll of 506 likely voters conducted by the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University between October 8 - 13, more than 80% of likely voters say an appointed citizens review panel for ethical complaints against legislators should be made public.
Under current law, the five-member panel investigates in private. If the panel determines a violation has occurred, the compliant is made public. If the panel dismisses the panel, the complaint remains private unless the legislator chooses to make it public. The October poll showed less than 10% of the likely voters polled support the current law.
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