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ETHICS IN THE NEWS

Catch up on all the top ethics stories in the states with our newsletter! NCSL does not endorse any views these news stories provide.

 

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PENALTIES FOR ETHICS VIOLATIONS

Photo of hands holding cell bars.While most states have comprehensive ethics laws, this LegisBrief reveals that no consensus exists as to which punishment fits the crime. Inappropriate conduct by a public official may be a felony in one state and a misdemeanor in another.

 

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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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