Legisbrief - Conflict of Interest: What is It? Can You Avoid It?
Competing interests are common in our lives. They force us to prioritize and make sometimes difficult decisions. For public officials, who must balance their personal interests with the public trust, such conflicts can be more pronounced. States mention conflicts of interest in their laws, rules or constitutions. Provisions define them, explain how to avoid them and set forth actions in the face of them.
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Note: A version of this Legisbrief that was distributed to legislators contained an error regarding Oklahoma's law. The Web version has been corrected. The word "not" has been removed from the sentence about to Oklahoma's law.