Mayor Stanton's Ethics Policy Approved by Phoenix City Council

June 11, 2013

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Caption: Mayor Greg Stanton

The Phoenix City Council approved today Mayor Greg Stanton's sweeping ethics reform package, giving Phoenix some of the toughest government ethics rules in the nation.

Stanton’s plan was based on the recommendations of the City’s Ethics Reform Task Force, a bipartisan group chaired by former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley.

“Transparency and accountability are top priorities for my office because both are good for residents and good for our city,” Stanton said. “It’s important that people have confidence that decisions at City Hall are made in the public’s interest. We must be able hold ourselves accountable so we can do what’s best for Phoenix, and that’s what we did here today.”

Specifically, the plan:

  • Requires council members to report any gift valued at more than $50, including meals and transportation costs. State law only requires lawmakers to disclosure gifts valued at more than $500.
  • Creates a new and independent Ethics Commission made up of current or retired state judges to enforce new standards.
  • Toughens penalties for violating ethics rules and even allows for council members to be removed from office.

“Transparency and accountability are top priorities for my office because both are good for residents and good for our city,” Stanton said. “It’s important that people have confidence that decisions at City Hall are made in the public’s interest. We must be able hold ourselves accountable so we can do what’s best for Phoenix, and that’s what we did here today.”

The Arizona Republic in a story this year pointed out “there’s almost no such thing as conflict of interest at the Arizona legislature, at least according to state law.” According to the story, Ben Bycel, a former executive director of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, called Arizona’s law “laughable.” 

“By clearly defining ethical expectations, the citizenry of Phoenix can be assured that their city government is working for them and their interests,” Romley said. “It is through Mayor Stanton's proactive leadership that we will work with the community and the city to strengthen the trust and transparency of the city of Phoenix.”

Please review the following documents below for more information.

Ethics Reform Policy Fact Sheet

Mayor Stanton's Ethics Reform Memo
 

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