DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Some kinds of public officials in Ohio are exempt from financial disclosure rules, raising concerns about potential conflicts of interest.
The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/JhUQMb ) that nearly half of the Ohio Ethics Commission's caseload stems from possible conflicts between duties and personal business interests. Township trustees and charter schools don't have to file financial disclosure forms, although they accounted for nearly a fourth of 185 cases handled by the commission this year.
State Sen. Peggy Lehner has promoted legislation to apply the same disclosure rules to townships that city officials have. The Kettering Republican says it seems to her that ethical standards should apply across the board.
But groups representing townships and charter schools say the disclosures are unnecessary and intrusive, and could make it tougher to attract officeholders.