The state ethics commission has started work on developing standards for deciding what justifies waiving civil penalties for the late filing of campaign finance reports.
The commission is trying to bring clarity to a process that one member of the panel said seemed like a "beauty pageant."
The panel is studying what waivers other states provide for either failing to file a timely campaign finance report or not submitting one altogether.
Violating the law for an individual candidate or campaign treasurer can carry a fine . . .