PAR: Ethics reform flawed

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A report from the Public Affairs Research Council concludes that Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2008 ethics law overhaul contains flaws and has not yet attained "the gold standard" the governor claimed.

The report said some changes weakened the state's ability to monitor and enforce compliance with the law.

The report suggests seven changes. The most controversial one calls for an end to a system where administrative law judges decide cases of alleged conflict of interest, nepotism and other law violations.

Jindal's executive counsel Stephen Waguespack tells The Advocate that some of PAR's recommendations have "merit."

But, he said, an end to administrative law judges deciding violations of state ethics laws would be a step back "to the good old days" when political appointees were making the decisions.

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