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Palm Beach County considers changes to ethics rules

Palm Beach County considers changes to ethics rules

Changes could be coming to Palm Beach County ethics rules put in place five years ago after a string of local government corruption scandals. One proposed change would allow someone facing an ethics violation to ask for an independent officer to handle the case instead of the county's Ethics Commission. Another proposed change calls for creating a way to speed up the process for handling ethics complaints filed during campaign season. The idea is to quickly take care of allegations that might have been filed for purely political purposes. Those were among the possibilities that the Ethics Commission discussed Friday as local officials are looking into updating county standards and...