Despite fears of yet another delay, the Tulsa City Council actually passed an ethics ordinance tonight, unanimously. Steve Roemerman has the scoop.
I agree with Roemerman's assessment of this change:
The section was changed from 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.
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.
Roemerman thinks the change is an improvement. I agree. The original wording really bothered me. It was so damned subjective that I thought it would've opened a huge can of worms. It seems like a very sensible compromise.
Gee, do you think Medlock will ever turn discussions of city business into a barrage of accusations against other councilors about their "personal interest" in the matter at hand? I'm sure the "Whirled" will "misconstrue" it that way when it happens.
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