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Providing Guidance and Counsel on Ethics to Public Officials and Employees: The Proposed Michigan Government Ethics Act of 1999
University of Detroit Mercy Law Review (1999)
  • Michael Anthony Lawrence
Abstract

This article proposes a new Government Ethics Act for Michigan which would include the three cornerstone elements of any truly effective ethics law – (1) a clearly defined list of proscribed activities, (2) meaningful disclosure requirements, and (3) a strong independent ethics board. The article proceeds by first surveying the existing ethics laws in all fifty states, then sets forth a proposed Act for Michigan, and concludes with a section-by-section commentary of the Act. The article suggests public officials should welcome such a comprehensive code of ethics that provides certainty and clear standards; as contrasted to the alternative status quo where they “lack guidance as to what they may and may not do, and consequently too often fall prey to accusations by self-proclaimed ethics ‘experts’ of unspecified ‘unethical’ conduct.”

Keywords
  • government ethics,
  • disclosure requirement,
  • proposed ethics law,
  • ethics board,
  • Michigan
Disciplines
Publication Date
Winter 1999
Citation Information
Michael Anthony Lawrence, Providing Guidance and Counsel on Ethics to Public Officials and Employees: The Proposed Michigan Government Ethics Act of 1999, 76 U. DET. L. REV. 411(1999).