Make political corruption a felony offense

Published: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 - 11:11 am

Re "Why Capitol sleaze endures: Voters don't care" (Viewpoints, Nov. 19): Our family cares about corruption in our state Capitol. Here's our idea for an initiative that would make the changes we need in state politics. Offenses of bribery or other public corruption committed by government officials should be made felonies under the law. They should also be given a minimum mandatory sentence of at least 10 years. This will cause some attitude adjustments. Legislators should write the bill themselves, proving they are willing to do the right thing and not above the law. Honest politicians need not worry. If the legislators refuse to write the bill, introduce a watered-down version, or don't vote for an honorable bill, they are not trustworthy, and we would need to file an initiative ourselves. How do you think the people would vote?

-- Barbara Brooks, Olivehurst

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