Ethics Training Resources
Forty-four commissions in 40 states provide ethics training. In at least 13 states, training for legislators is mandatory and some legislatures mandate training for staff. In at least thirty states, the ethics commission or another body is mandated to provide such training.
Training is often offered to lobbysits as well. California is one of the few states that requires every person who registers as a lobbyist to periodically attend an ethics course. Utah is the latest state to enact a statute whereby lobbyists are offered training.
Most states offer rules-based training, which simply teaches legislators the law. A few states provide values-based training, which covers general ethics principles and decision-making.
The Center for Ethics in Government provides values-based ethics training to legislators, government staff and non-profit agencies. For more information, or to schedule a training seminar, contact Director Peggy Kerns at (303) 364-7700.