6 Ethics Issues to Watch Out for in Colorado in 2011

November 18 2010, 2:00 PM

You may have moved on from all the nastiness of this year's midterm elections, but not all politicos have. That's where the nonprofit Colorado Ethics Watch comes in, playing the role of stickler on issues such as El Paso County Commissioner-elect Peggy Littleton's business dealings with charter schools that fall under her jurisdiction as a member of the state school board (via the Colorado Springs Independent). There are more examples in Ethic Watch's Ethics Roundup 2010: Colorado's Ethics Agenda, an annual report that casts a light on political misdeeds and the loopholes that are manipulated.

"There are many ethics challenges facing Colorado, but Ethics Watch has identified six that can be addressed right now through legislation or regulatory action in the coming year," says Luis Toro, director of Colorado Ethics Watch, in a news release. They include: closing loopholes in disclosure laws for ballot initiative elections; imposing criminal penalties for bribery of candidates; strengthening ethics rules for unpaid members of state boards and commissions; improving collection of campaign-finance penalties; regulating private funding by government officials; and reforming the Independent Ethics Commission's investigation and hearing process.