Metro Council votes tonight
(on second reading) on an ethics bill
that would bring some sanity to how council members handle gifts, conflicts of interest, and financial disclosure. Today's Tennessean
quotes 31st district councilman Parker Toler
offering up this pearl of pre-vote wisdom on the measure:
"It probably, in the future, will probably cause less people to want to run for Metro Council. It might be just as well not to have a council."
Yes indeed, why burden elected officials with some sensible disclosure requirements when we can just skip representative government altogether? Toler says he'll vote for the bill anyway, even though he seems to think it threatens democratic self-rule. Nothing like standing on principle.UPDATE:
The council Tuesday evening deferred the ethics bill
indefinitely, which means it won't come up again until sponsors bring it back. When and if it does return, it will carry along some proposed amendments that would water it down. Not exactly progress on the Metro Council ethics front.