With the reporting on the Easley corruption scandal and the attention on Mary Easley and her "job" at NCSU, it would seem like legislative action to save the taxpayers some money and put an end to a part of the drama would be as simple as a line in the budget. Of course nothing is easy when you start navigating laws and rules as the below email exchanges should show.
Having laws and rules usually only keep the honest, honest. All of the laws and "ethics" rules did not stop Mike Easley, Thomas Wright, Jim Black or any of the other corrupt politicians. Remember the below exchange when you here calls for more rules or regulations to "remedy" some problem.
Even with all of the so-called ethics legislation and rules, North Carolinians, by over 2-1, think that our state government and political leaders are corrupt.
Is it ethical to introduce or sponsor legislation to eliminate a specific contract position at a specific university?
From: Name Redacted (Research)
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 10:37 AM
To:Keith Weatherly (House Minority Leader's Office)
Cc:Rep. Paul Stam; Name Redacted (Research); Name Redacted (Research); Name Redacted (Research); Name Redacted (Research); Name Redacted (Research)
Subject:[RTS-2009-00965] Ethical considerations of eliminating positions (Rep. Paul Stam)
Representative Stam and Keith,
Attached please a copy of G.S. 120-86.1, which states is it unethical a legislator to take, promise, or threaten any legislative action for the purpose of influencing or in retaliation for any action regarding State employee hirings, promotions, grievances, or disciplinary actions subject to the State Personnel Act (SPA).
If the contract position is subject to the SPA, then it is unethical to use legislative action, whether actual or threatened, to influence a hiring, promotion, grievance or disciplinary action. If the contract position is not subject to the SPA, then it is not as clear cut. However, I think one could argue that it would unethical to use legislative action to accomplish the same thing with a position exempt from the SPA.
I hope this helps, even though it may not be a clear answer. Please let me know if you like for me to determine if the position in question is subject to the SPA.