VPIRG wants to cut Ethics Commission – VT Digger

A ‘public interest’ group wants to get rid of the state Ethics Commission.

"A bill S.157, to expand the commission’s powers to include investigation and enforcement, sponsored by Sen. Anthony Pollina, went nowhere last year. To Burns, the “final straw” came when the commission decided last year that it went beyond its authority and withdrew an “advisory opinion” that was critical of Gov. Phil Scott. The 2018 advisory opinion, issued a month before the election, found Scott violated state ethics and had an ongoing conflict of interest in connection with a construction company he sold after becoming governor. The opinion found there was a conflict because the company, Dubois Construction, still owes Scott money for his half share while it also holds a state contract.

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  • Ben Kinsley
    commented 2020-01-09 20:40:50 -0500
    Seems like Paul Burns has sour feelings since the commission ultimately rejected the complaint he and VPIRG submitted. Sad to see them do a 180 on this policy.