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Ethics

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Yes, No, Maybe So

Calls for more robust oversight often follow local or national ethics controversies. Sometimes, however, constitutional separation of powers issues and legislative immunity doctrine can prevent extensive grants of authority to ethics commissions or boards. The most recent Ethics column in State Legislatures Magazine takes on the complex and often confusing question of How Does Separation of Powers Relate to Ethics?

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Voting Recusal Provisions

Rules regarding how a legislator should react to a potential conflict of interest differ between states, and in some cases, even between chambers of an individual state. This table lists statutory and chamber rule provisions in each state.

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Ethics in the News

Check out what's going on in the world of ethics, including recent events in Iowa, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Dakota and Georgia.

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ncsl legisbrief

Reinforcing Government Ethics With Layered Oversight

Check out the latest LegisBrief from the Center for Ethics in Government to learn all about how ethics oversight works.

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Contact the Ethics Center

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

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Ethics and Lobbying Legislation

The Ethics and Lobbying Legislation Database keeps you current on relevant state legislation. Search for bills by state, year, status, sponsor, keyword, bill number or topic and narrow searches down to nearly 20 ethics subtopics.

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Overview