New Ethics Commission Starts Gearing Up

Members of the newly created commission to regulate ethics laws for Wisconsin office holders and lobbyists are beginning their work with the simplest of tasks: deciding on a name.

Weightier decisions aren’t far off.

Commission members meeting Thursday generally agreed they should be called the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. They can’t do much of substance until June 30, when the commission is officially created under the law.

The partisan, six-member group isn’t even fully staffed yet. Two former judges have yet to be appointed by Gov. Scott Walker. His spokesman says those appointments will come Thursday.

And the group also doesn’t have an administrator yet. Applicants were due at the end of May, but the names of those who have applied have yet to be made public.