June 14, 2014 9:00 PM

Editorial: Disclosure bill is a good first step, but it must be followed by real ethics reform

THE PURPOSE of an ethics law is to reduce the chance that public officials will serve their personal interests or the interests of their campaign donors at the expense of the public interest. We do this by requiring full reporting of potential conflicts, by outlawing some behaviors that involve conflicts, and clearly defining the lines, and by creating a muscular enforcement mechanism with serious penalties.

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