Slater believes it's time to review the Ethics Commission's rules, noting that many have been in place 20 years. That process will streamline and modernize regulations, fostering clarity. He rightly notes a person reading the rules should be able to easily understand how to stay in compliance. Slater says advice from his office must be consistent. He notes that the agency's electronic campaign donation reporting system needs updating and improvement.
Those are promising first steps. Financially, Slater would have been better off staying in the private sector; taking the ethics job is a true act of public service. We're optimistic his tenure will result in an Ethics Commission that's efficient, transparent, evenhanded, nonpartisan and, most of all, ethical in its operation.