- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - An oversight group says New York’s ethics commission should consider changes like fewer commissioners, no duplicate reporting requirements, bolstered staff and more open proceedings.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, established in 2011, administers and interprets state ethics laws for 250,000 state workers, including elected officials, as well as lobbyists.

The Legislative Ethics Commission has similar jurisdiction over lawmakers and their employees.

In a report, their oversight board says JCOPE might function more effectively and nimbly with fewer than 14 members and should be able to authorize an investigation with a simple majority vote.

The report also says the 45-day deadline for acting on complaints is too restrictive, and both commissions should review their obligations under the laws requiring public access to documents and open meetings.

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