The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 June 2005

The new ethical Tulsa

Okay, this is probably a premature judgment, but the city now has a stronger (or at least "less pitiful") ethics ordinance. Here's the new definition of "personal interest," courtesy of Roemerman on Record:

Personal Interest means a direct or indirect interest, matter or relationship not shared by the general public which could be reasonably expected to impair the City Official’s objectivity or independence of judgment.

Not the strongest possible statement, but a heck of a lot better than this:

Personal Interest shall be an item which creates a feeling of affection, aversion, or emotional investment so as to influence the City official's objectivity.

Kudos to T-town for trying to narrow the loophole. The tricky part, of course, is going to be getting the Usual Suspects to follow the new rule, or indeed any rule at all.

Posted at 7:17 AM to Soonerland