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New Augusta Ethics Ordinance Would Bar Offenders From Future City Business

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Putting teeth into the punishment for Augusta Commissioners who violate the city conflict of interest policy.

In March, three Commissioners were censured after their companies did business with the city, and some felt censure was a punishment that did not fit the crime.

Now, a Commission sub-committee is recommending adding additional penalties that would prevent Commissioners violating the policy from doing future business with the city.

"In addition to the censure, or the reprimand, we added the part where the person would be debarred from doing business with the city for five years from the date of the conviction by the Commission," says Commissioner Donnie Smith, the Chairman of the Ethics Subcommittee.

Changing the ethics policy still needs support of the full Commission. It failed at Tuesday night's meeting.

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