Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Grand Jury Blasts Texas Ethics Commission

"It is incredible that the District Attorney's office is thwarted in their efforts to prosecute public officials because they are allowed to hide behind the lax and vague codes of the Texas Ethics Commission," the jurors stated in the report, the issuing of which was called a rarity by one judge. "In light of the fact that the oversight power of this commission has been granted, and is in the hands of legislative appointees, we question whether it is really an independent, non-partisan, and effective agent for the enforcement of public officials."

The grand jury concluded in its report to District Judge Julie Kocurek that the Legislature should consider eliminating the Ethics Commission because it is a waste of taxpayers' money.
When created the TEC was considered a model for other states. Recent decisions under GOP leadership have made it a toothless laughing-stock.

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