Bevin order strips officials of appointments to ethics board

Kentucky’s attorney general and state auditor will no longer be able to nominate members of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission under a new executive order from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.
    
The Courier Journal reports the governor appoints the members of the commission, which investigates allegations of state ethics code violations in the state’s executive branch. But in 2008, then-Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear issued an executive order requiring the governor to appoint two members of the commission that had been recommended by the attorney general and the state auditor.
    
Tuesday, Bevin repealed that order, effectively allowing him to control all of the appointments to the board assigned to hold his administration accountable.
    
Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said the order simply returns the appointment process to the system state lawmakers intended.

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