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Perdue signs government ethics reform bill

Posted August 2, 2010

— North Carolina's governor has signed into law a measure that aims to improve public trust in state government.

The legislation that Gov. Bev Perdue signed Monday is the latest response to a series of corruption and campaign finance investigations over the past decade that have rocked the Democrats who control state government.

"Today, we have a real sophisticated comprehensive package of ethics reform and transparency that I think should make the general public much more comfortable that we are holding people accountable and that the people who work for the state serve the public and they really do belong to the citizens of North Carolina," Perdue said.

The legislation toughens penalties for illegal campaign donations above $10,000 and expands personnel information that must be released to the public about state employees.

Critics say lawmakers left something out of the 29-page bill – an end to pay-to-play politics, where contractors trying to get work with the state can give money to politicians.

“They’re really reluctant to do anything that affects their own fund-raising,” political watchdog Joe Sinsheimer said.

An earlier spate of scandals produced dramatic ethics and lobbying changes in 2006.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 3, 2010

    tgentry, why do you want "big government" expanding and creating new Term Limits laws that tell us who can be in office and who cannot?

    Don't you have that power every time you vote?...to vote people OUT of office?

  • tgentry1005 Aug 3, 2010

    You would think the Gov would be ashamed of having to pass an ethics bill rather than being so proud. It is a shame the politicians don't act like they are suppose to rather than like kids in a candy store. All the more reason for term limits...

  • iworkandpaytaxes Aug 3, 2010

    All this proves is that Bev Perdue knows how to spell her name!
    affirmativediversity
    August 2, 2010 6:40 p.m.
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    And just think she was ELECTED why your are crying on GOLO!!! Form a campiagn and beat her. OHHHH easier to cry behind a keyboard. My mistake. Carry on.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Aug 3, 2010

    ncguy. I agree with you on the voting thing. Especially on bond issues. Folks who do not own property or pay property taxes should not be able to vote on anything that will be paid for with property taxes or maybe cause an increase property taxes for those of us who are paying. Just doesn't make sense.
    pedwards8
    GOLO member since October 26, 2007
    August 2, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    WOW you would make Hilter proud. Ever read our Constitution? Ill advise you do so, like NOW!!

  • reality bites Aug 3, 2010

    its so funny that all the people that work and have no raises and do like they are suppose to are the ones that didnt have there hands in any of this illegal stuff to begin with. just make the people that are the good ole boys sign this stuff and quit wasting time money and paper on this issue! this is getting out of control. we pay when they play!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 3, 2010

    Waaah, Bev Perdue won't do anything about NC political ethics.

    Waaah, Bev Perdue IS DOING something about NC political ethics.

    Pick one, hypocrites.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Aug 3, 2010

    boy, this southern draw one-term wonder really is getting it done for us isn't she!

  • Bendal1 Aug 3, 2010

    pedwards,

    Your idea about not allowing non-landowners to vote is one of the stupidest and unconstitutional ideas I've heard in a while here, and that's saying something. You DO realize that renters pay property taxes, don't you? Oh, I get it, they don't pay them DIRECTLY, so that makes them different from you, right?

    I suppose you think the landlord eats the cost of the apartment's property taxes, don't you?

    So, let's see, that leaves only people who live with their parents, or perhaps nonworking spouses as well, who you'd like to ban from voting. The first category is hardly a huge voting bloc, the second, well, I doubt you're that stupid.

  • schlitzmalt Aug 3, 2010

    Thank god we have Bev Purdue out there making NC more ethical! If she weren't around signing pieces of paper and giving speaches, we'll all be going to hell in a handbasket.

  • North Carolina Home Aug 2, 2010

    The last time I checked (today), we are still a country that has a government "for the people and by the people". What have each of us done today to make sure we have ownership of our government? If we throw up our hands and say "they're all crooked, it doesn't make any difference how I vote" then we are as guilty of ethical misconduct as they are. All that is required for evil to prevail is that good men/women do nothing. Time we used our backbone instead of our wishbone!

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