- Associated Press - Sunday, July 12, 2020

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont State Ethics Commission is seeking public input on a draft code of ethics for elected and public officials.

The panel was asked in two legislative bills to submit a draft to the Legislature, which it plans to do in the fall.

More than 40 states have adopted ethics codes by statute but Vermont has no ethics code in law, the commission said.

Provisions in the draft address conflicts of interest, preferential treatment, use of confidential or non-public information, whistleblower protections for ethics complaints, and other issues.

“It is essential that this draft code of ethics be thoroughly scrutinized,” said Commission Chair Julie Hulburd in a written statement. “We want the legislature to be confident that issues the code raises have been fully addressed with the benefit of stakeholder and public input. We want to hear everyone’s thoughts.”

The Vermont State Ethics Commission accepts, reviews, refers, and tracks complaints of governmental misconduct.

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