Don’t take our word for it: here are links to resources that outline best practices in ethics boards around the world, as well as a report from the University of North Georgia that reviews DeKalb’s ethical culture”We also asked DeKalb County resident and internationally renowned ethics expert Dr. Paul Root Wolpe to review the legislation. His verdict:
“The bottom line is that this bill is clearly meant to weaken and dilute the excellent policy passed in 2015, without any convincing reasons to weaken the bill. DeKalb is slipping back to a former posture that got it in trouble in the first place. “
This pdf contains the original report to the Operations Task Force on creating an independent ethics board. It includes best practice research from around the country.
This pdf contains the State Supreme Court Decision that requires a new appointment process for members of the ethics board.
This pdf contains the original bill that voters approved in 2015 to create an independent ethics board.
This pdf contains SB 7 as approved.It includes numerous provisions beyond the appointment process, gutting the independence of the ethics board.