Are representatives required to have ethics training or classes? If not, should

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  1. ChristinS profile image94
    ChristinSposted 3 years ago

    Are representatives required to have ethics training or classes? If not, should they be?

    I live in Illinois,  where yet another rep is in trouble and had to resign surprise surprise... This being all too common around the US, it has me wondering about ethics training and if it is, or at least should be, required for those who allegedly serve us.  If it was mandatory, would it help? Or are most politicians just so dishonest at the core it wouldn't make a difference?

  2. janshares profile image96
    jansharesposted 3 years ago

    That's a good question, ChristinS. I think that even if ethics training was required, the ego-driven politicians would still do what they want to do. But training would make them more accountable if they get caught breaking a violation, where they would not be able to say, "I didn't know."

    1. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I completely agree 100% especially with it being more difficult for them to claim ignorance.

  3. MizBejabbers profile image91
    MizBejabbersposted 3 years ago

    I checked, and in our state they do not. Lawyers have to get 12 hours CLE training of which one hour is ethics, so lawyer legislators would have some ethics training. However, it was pointed out to me by a lawyer friend that lawyer-client type ethics are different from legislators’ ethics. Freshmen legislators are offered orientation, but it is not required, and apparently ethics training is not part of orientation.
    In 2010 a former state representative went to work in the office of a current legislator and was asked to develop an ethics training program to present to incoming freshman legislators. When he announced his presentation, one Republican in the group stood up and announced that he wasn’t going to be subjected to that, he already knew what he was doing . He walked out and the whole contingent of Republican legislators walked out with him. The Democrats all stayed to take the training, but I don't know if it helped. That was five years ago, and I haven’t heard if any ethics training was being offered since then.
    I'm not sure it would help, but I believe that all incoming legislative freshmen should have to take ethics training, and that they should have a refresher course each year until they are term-limited out. At least when one got in trouble, he or she couldn't claim ignorance. We have term limits in our state.

    1. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      That is very interesting MizBejabbers - thanks for sharing that. I'm not sure it would help either, but definitely could help hold people more accountable for sure.


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