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Haslam Signs First Exec. Orders: Transparency, Ethics & Non-Discrimination the Focus

Press Release from Gov. Bill Haslam, Jan. 16, 2011:

NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam today signed three executive orders setting out his commitment to transparency and openness in state government. He also established a comprehensive ethics policy for the Executive Branch and detailed his position on diversity in state employment practices.

“Government works better when people have input into the process, you are open to alternatives and examiner them, and then you explain why the decision was made,” Gov. Haslam said. “The rule should be the more you can be in the open, the better.”

Executive Order No. 2011-01 requires every employee of the Executive Branch to annually disclose the same information as the legislative branch. The Counsel to the Governor will serve as the chief ethics officer and will administer the policies and maintain all records related to the ethics policy.

Executive Order No. 2011-02 sets out the unwavering policy of the Executive Branch to facilitate the right of Tennesseans to know and have access to information with which to hold state government accountable. Extensive training is required for all members and employees of the Cabinet and Departments of the Executive Branch relating to open meetings, open records, ethics and disclosure requirements. The order also maintains the state’s open government website.

Executive Order No. 2011-03 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, color, national origin, religion, age, and political affiliation or against otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities. The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development also is directed to inform and instruct all companies considering Tennessee as a business location that the prevailing policy of non-discrimination must be reflected in their employment practices and workforces in Tennessee.

3 replies on “Haslam Signs First Exec. Orders: Transparency, Ethics & Non-Discrimination the Focus”

Hear a lot but see little; when asked why I did not move away when I was discriminated against by a licensure board I thought it was inappropriate, latter in the hearing I was advised to get employment in another field by the chair of the board and only do volunteer work in a field I have 5 years of college education on. The process of getting my license has taken over 4 years while for some of my peers who graduated with me received theirs in within 6 months. It shows where the law really is not and must make Jim Crow supporters proud that they have found another group to focus on in the modern age; it is what you get when born a hermaphrodite, and live in TN.

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