North Carolina Governor signs ethics reform bill into law
RALEIGH, North Carolina: This week North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue signed an ethics bill into law, which most notably makes public the suspensions and demotions of state and local employees. The bill received overwhelming support from both parties and will take effect October 1. In signing the bill, Perdue stated, "The folks in this state have every right to expect and deserve integrity and honest services from their public servants."
North Carolina has had a history of some of the most secretive personnel laws in the country. Along with suspensions and demotions, the new law makes employment history and dismissal letters public. It also creates tougher penalties for violations of campaign contributions law, requires all state employees to wait 6 months before lobbying agencies they formerly worked for, and provides funding for databases which link campaign contributions to people and corporations with government contracts.