Group wants local politicians to be held accountable

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Lansing’s Ethics Reform Board has submitted petitions to hold elected city officials more accountable in their positions.

Some of the issues on the petition require office holders to disclose their income outside of government and claim any monetary gifts above $50.

6 News Justin Kree tells us what it means for elected officials.

There is an ethics board committee already in place in Lansing.

Though there was no talk of corruption in city government right now the petition’s power to the people is to ensure it won’t happen in the future.

Just under 4,000 signatures were needed on the petition. The group came up with over 6,000 Lansing residents who believe the ethics committee should force city officials to be held accountable on more topics.

Some of those topics include lobbyists who work to influence Lansing government to register with the city.

The anti-corruption ordinance will also reimburse Lansing voters who make a contribution to Lansing candidates. The goal is to get other voters to run for office who have the support but not the money.

The petition was started to avoid corruption from occurring at the city level in Lansing unlike other cities around the state.

“We’re not saying anything is wrong right now. We’re trying to get ahead of the curve. We’re trying to avoid the problems that Detroit had and other cities have. They certainly have those problems in Washington. We want to be proactive before it becomes a crisis,” said Walt Sorg, chair, Lansing’s Ethics Reform.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero issued a statement in response to this proposed law saying in part, “This proposal appears to be a solution in search of a problem that doesn’t exist in Lansing. We already have a strong ethics ordinance that includes financial disclosure requirements for top city officials.”

Be sure to stay with 6 News. We’ll have more on this proposed law.

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