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Subcommittee To Discuss Augusta Ethics Policy

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City leaders are taking another look at Augusta's ethics policy.

In March, 3 Augusta Commissioners were censured after admitting they and their companies did work with the city---a violation of the ethics policy.

Some felt the punishment didn't go far enough so a subcommittee looked at how 8 other cities and counties in the state deal with ethics violations. The committees found in some cases elected officials are allowed to do work for their governments.

"The circumstances were that the commissioner involved disclosed that he was bidding on a contract ahead of time, that it be an open competitive process that he or she not has a vote when it came to that particular contract," says Commissioner Donnie Smith, who chairs the subcommittee.

Though other state governments allow elected officials to do business, Smith doesn't think that's the fit for Augusta. "My opinion all along has been we should not," says Smith.

The ethics subcommittee will hold its first meeting Tuesday.

The committee is looking to define what makes up a violation of the ethics policy, the protocol to investigate, and what, if any, punishment should take place.

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