Posts Tagged ‘ethics’

School superintendent violates ethics law, fined

TUPELO — Lee County Schools Superintendent Jimmy Weeks will repay the district more than $33,000 and pay a $10,000 fine for violating state ethics law. Weeks was cited by the Mississippi Ethics Commission for a cleaning and janitorial company he owned performing work for the school district. He offered to pay a $10,000 fine in […] [...]

Ethics Commission: GOP lawmakers can vote on Medicaid

JACKSON — The Mississippi Ethics Commission has cleared the way for six Republican lawmakers to vote on Medicaid issues. The lawmakers sought ethics guidance because they have potential financial conflicts. The commission vote today was 5-3. The Republican votes could be important if Gov. Phil Bryant calls lawmakers into session later this month to keep […] [...]

Authority terminates contract over ethics violation

by Published: March 26,2013

Tags: contract, ethics, gas, power, terminate, termination, utility, water

GULFPORT — The Harrison County Utility Authority has voted to terminate S.H. Anthony, Inc.’s contract for operation and maintenance of its facilities. Members said company owner Sean Anthony violated board and state ethics policies when he financed a car for then-director Kamran Pahlavan in 2011. Jim Simpson, attorney for the authority, said the Utility Authority […] [...]

Commission okays businessman’s campaign contribution

OCEAN SPRINGS — The executive director of the Mississippi Ethics Commission says Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran did not violate the state’s ethics code when she accepted a campaign contribution from a businessman whose company has a contract with the city. The Sun Herald reports the $10,000 contribution was questioned during the Dec. 4 Board […] [...]

PEER reviews practices at community college; recommends changes

MOORHEAD — The Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) has released the results of a review of practices at Mississippi Delta Community College after receiving complaints of alleged mismanagement. PEER wrote: “On May 2, 2012, PEER received a complaint from two legislators (later joined by eight more) regarding allegations that had been […] [...]

Legislator resigns, fined for steering contracts to family

BRANDON — A five-year Mississippi House member has resigned and agreed to pay a $10,000 fine to resolve an ethics case the state brought against him over public contracts that went to his family’s printing company — a fraction of the amount he originally was ordered to pay. Republican Rep. Kevin McGee, 42, of Brandon, […] [...]

Commission sides with newspaper in school test-cheating probe

GREENWOOD — The Mississippi Ethics Commission has sided with the Greenwood Commonwealth newspaper and says the state Department of Education should hand over documents from any probe of possible cheating on achievement tests in Leflore County. In a non-binding opinion issued last Friday, the Ethics Commission agreed with the newspaper that such documents are public […] [...]

Officials approve sale of land after checking with Ethics Commission

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven officials have approved the contract to buy 10 acres of property for $1.9 million after learning that the purchase did not violate any state ethics laws because Mayor Greg Davis’ cousin is one of the owners of the land. In a 5 to 2 vote, The Commercial Appeal reports the board agreed […] [...]

Lawmaker appealing Commission’s order to repay $346K

BRANDON — A Rankin County lawmaker is appealing a state Ethics Commission order to repay $346,000 from public printing contracts that went to his family business. Rep. Kevin McGee, a Republican from Brandon, owns Service Printers of Flowood along with family members. The Clarion-Ledger reports the Ethics Commission last month ruled there is “clear and […] [...]

MBJ Editorial: Burton’s actions are slimy, at best

by Published: April 10,2011

Tags: ethics, MBJ Editorial

Ethics in government went out the window a long time ago. Politicians routinely lie to the media, and many believe that is OK. A more concerning issue, however, is politicians’ willingness, not to just lie, but to cover up the lie, which can lead to a lot more issues. Sen. Terry Burton, R-Newton, proved he […] [...]

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