More Ethics Pledges Signed, State Ethics Reform Work Underway
October 21, 2014 — As the November general election draws near, the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission is getting more pledges from candidates on the ballot in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties.
Commission chairman Cal Bellamy says candidates in 35 Lake County township and county races…five town races… and 8 school board races signed ethics pledges. They include both Sheriff John Buncich and his challenger Dan Bursac. In Porter County, candidates in 20 township and county races… one race in Kouts… and two school board races signed pledges. Candidates in 17 LaPorte County township and county races and five school board races signed ethics pledges.
By signing the Pledge, candidates are committing to three specific actions with respect to employees they are responsible for — providing or continuing training on ethical decision-making, enacting or continuing to support an ethics ordinance and providing whistle-blower protection for employees who may raise ethics issues.
Bellamy says the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission will follow up with the successful candidates to inquire how they are planning on fulfilling their commitments.
Here is the latest responses report: Revised 10-20-14 2014 Ethics Pledge Responses
Indiana lawmakers are looking at ethics policies in other states and taking public input as they begin crafting an ethics reform package. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports that the reform effort comes in the wake of an investigation of GOP Representative Eric Turner that exposed gaps in the state’s ethics rules: