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Should Vermont's Ethics Commission Have The Power To Investigate?

The Vermont Ethics Commission was formed in late 2017. Now the commission is seeking to expand its oversight and power to investigate complaints of misconduct.
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The Vermont Ethics Commission was formed in late 2017. Now the commission is seeking to expand its oversight and power to investigate complaints of misconduct.

Vermont's ethics commission is supposed to keep state government accountable. But the commission can't investigate complaints of misconduct, nor can it enforce any penalties. We're looking at ethics oversight in Vermont and whether the commission should be able to investigate complaints on its own.

Larry Novins, the executive director of the Vermont Ethics Commission, joins Vermont Edition to discuss the commission's first-ever annual report, its current limitations when it comes to handling complaints of misconduct and how the commission is seeking to expand its ability to investigate.

We'll also hear from Brian Leven, an attorney and former executive director of the ethics commission who resigned last year after roughly one year on the job.

And Windham Sen. Jeannette White, the chair of the Senate Government Operations committee, joins the show to to discuss her thoughts on the commission's first year in operation and if she thinks its expansion is warranted.

Broadcast live on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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