A state ethics panel that’s been under fire for allowing a state regulator to take a job with a utility has a long history of lenient decisions.Jarosz explains what Indiana's revolving door law supposedly requires.
An IBJ review of 27 rulings by the Indiana State Ethics Commission dating back to 2006 shows the five-member body has not prohibited a state employee from taking a private-sector or not-for-profit job in the last 4-1/2 years.
On only a few occasions has the panel [3 to be exact] which advises state employees on ethics laws, required a 365-day “cooling off” period between jobs.
The law dictating state employees’ moves to jobs outside state government says they cannot take a job if the employer offered it to influence the employees in their state positions.Jarosz goes on to explain how Daniels' ethics commission has gone on to waive the one-year cooling off period for two of his budget directors who accepted jobs with companies for whom they had approved bond issuances or state contracts. As she explained, the ethics commission saw no problem with their hiring because they had not actually negotiated the agreements; they only voted on them. What a total joke the state ethics commission has become.
The law also stipulates that employees take a 365-day cooling-off period under certain circumstances, such as if state employees accept positions as executive-branch lobbyists or had negotiated or administered contracts with the employer on behalf of the state agency.
The law also bars state employees from working on certain contracts, lawsuits, claims or other matters involving the state if the state employee was “personally and substantially” involved in those issues while with the state.
It’s up to the ethics commission, whose advice employees seek only on a voluntary basis, to interpret whether those laws apply.