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50 State Chart: State Ethics Commissions: Jurisdic

State Ethics Commissions: Jurisdiction

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Updated November 2013

State ethics commissions are responsible for enforcing ethics laws, although their jurisdictions vary among the states. Jurisdictions can include legislators, executive branch officials, candidates, local officials, lobbyists and vendors.  The commissions may have jurisdiction over officials and employees in more than one branch of government.  This chart describes the various jurisdictions of ethics commissions.

'X' indicates that the commission has the specified authority

 

AL | AK | AZ | AR | CA | CO | CT | DE | FL | GA | HI | ID | IL | IN | IA | KS | KY | LA | ME | MD | MA | MI | MN | MS | MO | MT | NE | NV | NH | NJ | NM | NY | NC | ND | OH | OK | OR | PA | RI | SC | SD | TN | TX | UT | VT | VA | WA | WV | WI | WY | Totals

State Commission

Legislators

Executive
Branch

Candidates

Local Officials (Other than campaign issues)

Lobbyists

Vendors

Alabama Ethics Commission

AL Code. §36-25-1 et seq. 

X

X

X

X

 X

 

Alaska Legislative Ethics Committee

AK Rev. Stat. §24.60.010  et seq.

X          

Alaska Public Offices Commission

AK Rev. Stat. §15.13.020  et seq.

X

(Commission can investigate, but matters are adjudicated by the ethics committee.)

X

X

 

 X

X

 

 

Arizona

No ethics commission          

Arkansas Ethics Commission

AR Code  §7-6-217   et seq.

X

X

X

 

X

X

 

California Fair Political Practices Commission

CA Code  §83100-83124  

X

X

 

X

 X

X

 

 

 

Colorado Independent Ethics Commission

CO Constitution Art. XXIX

X

X

 

X

(home rule counties and cities with ethics codes excluded)

(along with the Secretary of State)

X

Connecticut Ethics Commission

Regulations of CT State Agencies§1-92-2  et seq.

X

X

 

 

X

 

Delaware State Public Integrity Commission

29 DE Code  Ch. 58  

X

(Financial disclosure only, not code of conduct.)

X

 

 X

 X

X

 

 

Florida Commission on Ethics

FL Constitution Art. II §8(f);  FL Rev. Stat. §34-5.0025

X

X

 X

X

X

(Full authority over executive lobbyists. Authority over legislative lobbyists regarding gifts only. They register with legislature.)

 

Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission

GA Ann. Code §189-1-.01 et. seq.

X

 

X

 X

 X

 X

X

Hawaii State Ethics Commission

HI Rev. Stat. § 84-2

X

X

X

 

X

 

Idaho

No ethics commission          

Illinois Legislative Ethics Commission

5 ILCS 430/25 -15 et seq. 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Illinois Executive Ethics Commission

2 IL Admin. Code 1620 5 ILCS 430/20-15 et seq.

 

X

 

 

 

 

Office of the Indiana Inspector General and Indiana Ethics Commission

IN. Code § 4-2-7-1; IN. Code  §  4-2-6-2.5; 40 IAC 2-1 et. seq.

 X

X

     

X

Indiana Lobby Registration Commission

IN Code § 2-7-1.6-1 et seq. ; IN Code § 2-7-1-8

 X    X  

X

 

Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board

IA. Code §68B.31(4)(d); 68B.31(5)

(Legislators file financial disclosure statements with the board, but it has no other authority over them.)

X

X

 

 

X

(Executive branch lobbyists only)

 

Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission

KS Stat. Ann.§ 46-221;46-253 et seq.

X

X

X

 

 

X

(Has authority, but registration and forms are filed with the Secretary of State)

 

Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission

KY Rev. Stat. § 6.601-6.849

X

 

X

 

X

(Legislative lobbyists)

 

Kentucky Executive Ethics Commission

KY Rev. Stat. § 11A.060;11A.010

 

 X

 X

 

X

(Executive branch lobbyists)

 

Louisiana Board of Ethics

RSA 42:1132

X

X

X

 X

 X

 X

Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices

ME Rev. Stat. 25 § 1008; 1012; 1013

X

(Commission can investigate, but matters are adjudicated by the ethics committees)

 

X

 

X

 

 

Maryland State Ethics Commission

MD Code Ann. State Gov’t § 15-102; 15-103; 15-205

X

(Financial disclosure only. Ethics Committee handles conflicts of interest)

X

 

 

X

 

(No authority, but the commission must annually compile a list of all entities doing business with the state)

Massachusetts State Ethics Commission

MA Gen. Laws § 268B(1); 268B(3)

X

X

 

 X

 X

 X

Michigan State Board of Ethics

MI Rev. Stat. §15.341; § 15.345

 

X

(Only state employees and appointed officials. Board has no authority over elected officials.)

 

 

 

 

Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

MN Rev. Stat. § 10A.01; 10A.02

X

X

X

 

 

X

 

Mississippi Ethics Commission

MS Code Ann. §25-4-3; 25-4-17

X

X

 

X

 

 

Missouri Ethics Commission

MO Rev. Stat. §105.955

X

X

X

X

X

 

Montana Commissioner of Political Practices

MT Code Ann. § 13-37-101; 13-37-111

X

(Unless the complaint involves a legislative act)

X

X

 X

X

 

Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission

NE Rev. Stat. § 49-1401 et seq.

X

X

 

X

X

 

X

 

Nevada Commission on Ethics

NV Rev. Stat. § 281A.200; 281A.280

X

(Per state supreme court case, only in situations that are unrelated to legislative activity) 

X

 

 X

 

 

New Hampshire Legislative Ethics Committee

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 14-B:2

X

(and legislative employees)

X  

 

 

   

New Jersey Commission of Investigation

NJSA 52:9M-1 et seq.

X

X

 

 

 

X

New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission

NJAC 19:25-1.7 et seq.

X

X

X

 X

X

 X

New Jersey State Ethics Commission

NJAC 19:61-2.1

 

X

 

 

   

New Mexico

No ethics commission          

New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics

Executive Law § 94

 

X

 

 

 

 X

 

New York State Legislative Ethics Commission

Legislative  Law § 80

X

 

 

 

 

 

North Carolina State Ethics Commission

30 NCAC 01.0101; NC Gen. Stat. § 138A-3 et seq. 

(legislators "invited" to participate)

X

 

 

 

 

North Dakota

No ethics commission

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio Ethics Commission

OH Rev. Code §102.01;102.06

 

X

 

 X

 

 X

Oklahoma Ethics Commission

OK Constitution Art. XXIX

X

X

X

 

 

 

Oregon Government Ethics Commission

OR Rev. Stat. § 171.725; 244.50; 244.90

X

X

X

X

X

 

 

Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission

65 PA Stat. Ann. § 1106 et. seq.

X

X

X

X

 X

 

Rhode Island Ethics Commission

RI  Gen. Laws §36-14-8

X

X

X

X

 

 

South Carolina Ethics Commission

SC Code § 8-13-100.; § 8-13-310 

 

X

X

 

X

 

South Dakota

No ethics commission

 

 

 

 

 

Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance

TN Code Ann. § 3-6-105

X

X

 

X

 

X

 

Texas Ethics Commission

TX Gov’t Code § 571 et seq.

X

X

X

X

X

 X

Utah Independent Legislative Ethics Commission

JR 6-2-202

 X

 

 

 

 

 

Vermont

No ethics commission

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia

No ethics commission

 

 

 

 

 

Washington State Legislative Ethics Board

RCW 42.52.320

X

 

 

 

 

 

Washington State Executive Ethics Board

RCW 42.52.360

 

 X

 

 

 

 

Washington Public Disclosure Commission

RCW 42.17A.105 et seq.

X

(Legislators file financial disclosures here, but the Legislative Ethics Board enforces the ethics codes.)

X

X

X

X

 

West Virginia Ethics Commission

WV Code § 6B-2-2 et seq.

X

X

 

X

X

 

Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

WI Rev. Stat. § 5.05 et seq.

X

X

X

 

X

 

Wyoming

No ethics commission   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totals

39 commissions in 35 states

42 commissions in 40 states

29 commissions in 28 states

 23 commissions in 23 states

32 commissions in 30 states

9 commissions in 9 states

 

 

 

 

 

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