Ethics: State Ethics Commissions
Updated September 2014
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Forty-two states provide external oversight of their ethics laws through an ethics commission established in statute or in the constitution. Nine states—Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Utah and Washington—have more than one commission that oversees different branches of government. Alaska and New Hampshire, along with Ohio, have ethics committees that operate in the same ways as a commission.
In the eight states that do not have ethics commissions—Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming—oversight can be provided through other state agencies such as the Office of the Secretary of State or Office of Attorney General or a legislative ethics committee.
To view state specific ethics commission information on a variety of oversight topics, click on the state.
Please note that the updates to this information are a work in progress. New Hampshire and Utah information are not yet reflected in the map, but details can be found below.
|State Ethics Commissions
||More Than One Commission