On Nov. 22, the Tallahassee Democrat ran a column advocating that the state Commission on Ethics be given the power to initiate its own complaints. The commission heartily agrees; the Legislature granting such a logical and fundamental ability would greatly assist the commission as it performs its duties.
Self-initiation was one of the recommendations of the 1999 Public Corruption Study Commission established by Gov. Jeb Bush. It was one of the recommendations of the 19th Statewide Grand Jury Study on Public Corruption in 2010; the commission has recommended this change for years — now is the time for its adoption.
There is nothing to fear in granting such authority. The commission has no history of politicization or recklessness.
As we head toward the 2016 session, it’s time for the Legislature to complete the commission’s mission and give it what so many have recommended and what many other similar entities in other states have — a full and meaningful ability to act.
Wiley Horton, member, Florida Commission on