December 14, 2009

"Disclose, disclose, disclose"

I bet Steve Ross wishes he took that advice:

Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross was found today to have violated state ethics laws for failing to disclose his labor union interests and abstain from voting for a new city hall project at two different meetings in December 2008 and February 2009.

The 4-1 Ethics Commission votes for the three violations came because of a finding that Ross had a conflict because the union group he works for as secretary-treasurer, the Southern Nevada Building and Construction Trades Council, was negotiating with the developer of the proposed project

While the Ethics Commission ruled that the violations were not willful, this should serve as a lesson to other representatives. Elected officials represent their constituents and it is their duty to abstain when conflicts of interest arise. Let's hope Mr. Ross doesn't make this mistake again.