Perdue signs order for new ethics rules

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue

December 9, 2009 5:46:41 PM PST
Governor Beverly Perdue has signed executive orders that will strengthen ethics requirements for state boards and commissions.

The new standards include a measure to remove gubernatorial appointees indicted for a felony or who refuse to cooperate with a state or federal investigation.

"These orders are another step forward in my commitment to enforce the highest standards of ethics, accountability and transparency in this administration," said Perdue. "Our citizens deserve nothing less than a transparent, effective and efficient government that works for North Carolinians."

The new rules also mean the Governor's appointees to boards and commissions cannot accept gifts from those who contract with their boards, and they must recues themselves from votes in which they have a financial interest.

A former aid of Governor Mike Easley resigned from the Golden LEAF Foundation board ahead of Perdue's action.

Ruffin Poole attempted to block a subpoena from the State Board of Elections to testify at a hearing on Easley's campaign finances earlier this year. That could potentially put him on the wrong side of Perdue's new executive orders.

Poole said he was stepping down because he was becoming a distraction to the foundation.

Perdue claimed the new rules were not related to Poole.

"We're going to hold them accountable and call them out," Perdue said. "And we're going to get rid of them. And I can do that under this order now."

Perdue says this is not the last step in cleaning things up.

"If you're going to serve, you have to be willing to put it out there in the daylight," she said.

Poole will go before the state board of elections on December 17.

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