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Standards in Public Life Chair says yet-to-be enacted law is step forward

The Standards in Public Life law is not yet in effect seven years after the introduction of Cayman Constitution.

Standards in Public Life Commission Chairperson Rosie Whittaker-Myles, however, says several changes made to the law and passed in the Legislative Assembly this year are positive developments for the legislation aimed at providing more transparency when it comes to those on public boards or commissions.

Among the changes, those serving on public boards now only have to declare income and assets if there is a possible or perceived conflict of interest. There is a mechanism in place to require those same board members to disclose their assets, however, should a perceived conflict arise.

“The law is certainly a step in the right direction,” Mrs. Whittaker-Myles said. “It’s aim is to introduce into our society mechanisms — or at least one mechanism — to ensure there is greater transparency. That integrity is promoted and that there is greater democracy as well.”

Mrs. Whittaker-Myles said the law’s regulations are now being crafted before the Governor assents to the law.

The Standards in Public Life Commission recently released its 11th report. You can read it here:

11th Report of the Commission for Standards in Public Life

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 Sports Producer Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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