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STAFF MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT

ethics words The Model Code of Conduct for Legislative Staff was intended to guide the conduct of staff as they serve state legislatures, state legislators and the public. It was developed by legislative staff and reflects the views of legislative staff from across the United States.

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DEFINING PUBLIC OFFICIAL/EMPLOYEE

us capitol Is a state legislator a public official? Is a state employee a public officer? And why does this matter? Get some insight with our look at state-by-state definitions.

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STAFF AND POLITICAL ACTIVITY

vote buttonLegislative staff in many states must abide by state laws, chamber rules, and often office policies, when it comes to being politically active. The Ethics Center's charts on state statutes and chamber rules help sift through what is and is not permissible.

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THE COMPASS: ETHICS FOR STAFF

compass Ethical challenges in the legislative environment require that staff draw upon their core values. Hear from staff about how they rise to meet these challenges in our training video.

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OVERVIEW | STAFF ETHICS

If legislators are the face of the legislative institution, then staff are the backbone. Nowhere is this more apparent than in maintaining an ethical culture in the legislative environment. While state laws frequently are meant to impact elected or appointed public officials, those hired to work on behalf of the people often must abide by the same laws and rules.

Here are key issues covered by the documents on this page: code of conduct for legislative staff; definitions of public official and public officer; staff and political activity – chamber rules; staff and political activity – statutes.

 

 

 
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