Senate Republicans have renewed their ethics reform push following the resignation of Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope.
In her July 14 letter to the Legislative Ethics Commission, Pope states her desire to bring about true ethics reform, and expresses her disappointment that her efforts were not as successful as she hoped.
“When I took this job as the Legislative Inspector General, I thought I might be able to make a difference working from the inside. I thought I could be useful in improving the public’s view of the legislature and help bring about true ethics reform. Unfortunately, I have not been able to do so. This last legislative session demonstrated true ethics reform is not a priority.”
Pope has worked diligently to pass meaningful ethics reform, with many successes, despite the fact that her push for significant reforms has been blocked many times by Majority legislative leaders.