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ETHICS, ELECTIONS AND ACCUSATIONS

Preventing frivolous, unfounded ethics complaints, especially during election season, helps keep politics out of the process. State Legislatures Magazine covers this evolving issue in the September edition. 

 

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GIFTS OF HOSPITALITY

ethics signWhen it comes to limiting lobbyist gifts to legislators, even the most seemingly clear-cut provision can be accompanied by extenuating circumstances that allow for certain kinds of gift giving and receiving. These exceptions frequently relate to hospitality. Find out what exemptions apply in which states in this latest Legisbrief.

 

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OVERVIEW | ETHICS

The Center for Ethics in Government was organized in 1999 to address the most critical, fundamental and far-reaching problem facing state legislsatures: the loss of public trust and confidence in representative democracy. The Center is nonpartisan, non-profit and funded by NCSL's Foundation for State Legislatures. The mission of the Center is to be a leader in restoring confidence in representative government by promoting ethical behavior for state legislators, staff, lobbyists and advocates. The Center champions ethical principles in the legislative process by developing ethical standards for legislators and advocates; conducting training programs in values-based ethical decision making; maintaining information on each state's ethics and lobbying laws and rules; tracking legislative ethics in the media; cultivating a network of speakers and authors; holding forums to address issues of ethics and public integrity; preparing legislative analyses of ethics and lobbying laws; and studying trends.

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CONTACT THE ETHICS CENTER

ethics word cloud Contact our staff for information about state ethics and lobbying laws and for information on our ethics training services.

 

 

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DATABASE

search keyOur Ethics and Lobbying Legislation database keeps you current on relevant state legislation. Search by state, year, status, sponsor, key word, bill number or topic. Track ethics bills on conflict of interest, oversight, training, financial disclosure, gifts, lobbying, nepotism, pay-to-play, revolving door, and violations and penalties.

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