Peggy Kerns

Director of The Center for Ethics in Government at NCSL: Oct. 20, 2010

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Peggy Kerns is director of The Center for Ethics in Government at NCSL, which was organized in 1999 to encourages public trust and confidence in representative democracy. In this video, she discusses the tough ethical choices that face the nation's 7,382 state legislators every day. She points out that nearly all of them choose to do the right thing.

In addition, Kerns say ethical standards and training in legislatures have never been at a higher level. The disproportionate attention given to a few bad apples diverts citizens from knowing about and appreciating the hard work done by the representatives voters send to their statehouses every Election Day. Such stories also have a chilling effect on the institution and on the willingness of people to run for public office.

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