The City of Tallahassee has scheduled a workshop to discuss the ethics ordinance proposed by the Independent Ethics Board. The workshop is scheduled for October 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. at City Hall.
The proposed ordinance was finalized by the Ethics Board back in April, 2019.
At times, supporters of the ordinance, including members of the Ethics Board, have been impatient with the pace at which the City of Tallahassee has moved to take up the new rules.
Mayor John Dailey has repeatedly stated that the ordinance would be taken up before the end of the year and would get a fair hearing before the city commission. Dailey also indicated that the city commission would be open to changes to the ordinance.
The ordinance includes language that lowers the burden of proof in misuse of office cases. The proposed ordinance sets the burden of proof to “knows or should have known” in contrast to “knowingly and intentionally.” This move will make it easier to prove wrongdoing.
Also, the ordinance provides for higher fines than are currently in place for officials that violate the code.