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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.

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Based on a survey conducted by the Center for Ethics in Government, this chart provides contact information and committee structure for each ethics commission. "No Response" indicates that no information was provided.

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State Ethics Commissions

Contact Information State Ethics Commission Profile

Alabama

State Ethics Commission

James L. Sumner, Jr., Director
Vicky Manning, Lobbyist Liaison
RSA Union Building
100 North Union Street, Suite 104
Montgomery, AL 36104
P: 334-242-2997
F: 334-242-0248

info@ethics.alabama.gov

Website: http://ethics.alabama.gov/default2.aspx

Created
Alabama Ethics Commission, created 1974 (Ala. Code § 36-25-1 to 36-25-4).

Branch of Government
Technically falls under Executive branch, but it is an independent agency.

Approximate Budget
$2.68 million
HB 62, enacted in 2011 (Act 2011-259), provides an annual appropriation to the Ethics Commission in an amount equal to one-tenth of one percent of total funds appropriated in the State General Fund Appropriations Act. A reduction of this funding requires approval of two-thirds of the House and Senate.

Members
Five members: appointed by governor, lt. governor, speaker; confirmed by senate. All must be residents of the state. May not be a public official, a candidate, a registered lobbyist and his/her principal or a former employee of the commission.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
May not participate in partisan political activities or contribute to campaigns.

Compensation
Members receive  $50 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve 5-year terms, limited to a single term.

Removal from Office
Commissioners cannot be removed from office.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Alaska

Alaska Public Offices Commission

Paul Dauphinais, Executive Director 
2221 E. Northern Lights Boulevard, Room 128
Anchorage, AK 99508
P: 907-276-4176
Toll free: 800-478-4176
F: 907-276-7018

paul.dauphinais@alaska.gov 

Website: http://doa.alaska.gov/apoc/home.html

Created
Alaska Public Offices Commission, created 1974 (Alaska Stat. § 15.13.020)             

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
No response.

Members
Five members: appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by a majority of the legislature meeting in joint session. Two members from each political party that received the most votes in the most recent governor election, to be chosen from a list of four names provided by the central committee of each party. May not be a public official, candidate, officer of a political party, political committee or group or lobbyist.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
May not participate in political campaigns or contribute to political campaigns.

Compensation
Members receive $50 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve 5-year terms, limited to a single term.

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed for failing to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of the due date, per AS 39.50.080.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure

Alaska

Select Committee on Legislative Ethics

Reggie Drummond, Administrator
P.O. Box 101468
Anchorage, AK 99501-2133
P: 907-269-0150
F: 907-269-0152

ethics_committee@legis.state.ak.us

Website: http://ethics.legis.state.ak.us/ethics_committee.php

Created
Alaska Select Committee on Legislative Ethics, created 1984 (Alaska Stat. § 24.60.010).

Branch of Government
Legislative.

Approximate Budget
$245,200

Members
Nine members: two senators, two representatives and five public members. The committee is divided into a House Subcommittee and a Senate Subcommittee for the purpose of considering most complaints. Elected officials are appointed by the leadership of the appropriate body with the concurrence of two-thirds of the full membership of that house. Public members are selected by the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court and ratified by two-thirds of the full membership of the legislature. 

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Public members may not engage in lobbying activities, political management activities for a candidate for election to any office, regardless if the campaign is partisan or nonpartisan; may not participate in the campaign of, attend campaign fundraising events or make a financial contribution to a candidate for the legislature, an incumbent legislator or legislative employee who is candidate for another office, or a person running for another office against an incumbent legislator or legislative employee; may not participate in a fundraising event on behalf of a political party or attend a political party fundraising event.

Compensation
Public members receive compensation on a per diem basis and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Legislative members serve the duration of the legislature during which the member is appointed, generally two-year terms. Public members serve a three-year term that commences on the date the member is ratified and ends on the first day of the third regular session that follows the ratification. Members may serve unlimited terms.

Removal from Office
A member may be removed from the committee for failure to carry out the person’s duties as a member of the committee. Legislators can be removed by a roll call vote of two-thirds of the house to which the member belongs. Public members can be removed by a vote of two-thirds of each house.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure

Arizona No ethics commission.

Arkansas

Arkansas Ethics Commission

Graham Sloan, Director
P.O. Box 1917
Little Rock, AR 72203-1917
P: 501-324-9600
F: 501-324-9606

Graham.Sloan@arkansas.gov
General Email: contactus@arkansasethics.com

Website: http://www.arkansasethics.com/

Created
Arkansas Ethics Commission, created 1991 (Ark. Code. Ann. § 7-6-217).

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$680,000

Members
Five members: appointed by governor, attorney general, chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, speaker of the house, president pro tem of the senate. At least one person of a minority race, one woman and one person of a minority political party must be on the commission. May not be a public official, elected official, candidate, lobbyist or an officer or employee of a political party.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Members of the commission may not participate in political fundraising or lend their names in support of candidates or ballot measures.

Compensation
Members receive $50 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve five-year terms. No person may be appointed to serve consecutive terms on the commission.

Removal from Office
Any commissioner/member who fails to attend three consecutive regular meetings shall be subject to removal from the commission by the governor pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 25-17-211.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure

California

California Fair Political Practices Commission

Erin Peth, Executive Director
428 J Street, Suite 620
Sacramento, CA 95814
P: 916-322-5660
Toll free: 866-275-3772
F: 916-322-6440

executivedirector@fppc.ca.gov

Website: http://www.fppc.ca.gov/

Created
California Fair Political Practices Commission, created 1975 (Cal. Govt. Code § 83100 to 83124).

Branch of Government
Executive, although the commission is bipartisan (and in practice, a nonpartisan), independent body.

Approximate Budget
$8.298 million
Since 1976, the Fair Political Practices Commission has had a guaranteed budget of at least $1 million per year in appropriations from state general funds. Ca. Gov’t. Code section 83122 guarantees that the commission receives at least the same amount, adjusted for inflation, each year.

Members
Five members: two commissioners are appointed by the governor: the commission chair and one other member who must be a registered voter of another political party. The secretary of state, the attorney general and the state controller each appoint one commissioner. If all three of the constitutional officials are members of the same political party, the state controller selects the new commissioner from a list provided by another political party.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Members may not run or hold any other public office, serve as an officer of any political party or partisan organization, participate in or contribute to an election campaign or employ or be employed as a lobbyist.   

Compensation
Members receive $100 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses. The commission chairman is salaried and serves full-time.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms, limited to a single term.

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed from office by the governor, with concurrence of the legislature, for substantial neglect of duty, gross misconduct, inability to discharge the powers of office or violation of act. 

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Colorado

Colorado Independent Ethics Commission

TBD, Executive Director
Independent Ethics Commission
1300 Broadway, 12th Floor
Denver, CO 80203
P: 720-625-5697
F: 720-625-5696

Website: http://www.colorado.gov/ethicscommission

Created
Colorado Independent Ethics Commission, created 2006 (Colorado Constitution, Article XXIX).

Branch of Government
Judicial. The commission’s offices were moved from the Department of Personnel and Administration in the Executive Branch to the judicial branch in order to better maintain the commission’s independence and autonomy.

Approximate Budget
$271,000

Members
Five members: one is appointed by the president of the state senate, one by the speaker of the house of representatives, one by the governor, one by the chief justice of the state supreme court and the final member is selected by the other four. The fifth member must be a local government official or employee. No more than two members may be from the same political party. 

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
None, not covered under Article XXIX because commissioners are not compensated.

Compensation
Members do not receive any compensation, but are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms and  may be reappointed to multiple terms.

Removal from Office
Commissioners cannot be removed from office.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are not required to file financial disclosure

Connecticut

Office of State Ethics

Carol Carson, Executive Director
18-20 Trinity Street, Suite 205
Hartford, CT 06106-1660
P: 860-263-2400
F: 860-263-2402

ose@ct.gov

Website: http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp

Created
Office of State Ethics, created 2005 (Conn. Gen. Stat. § 1-80 et seq.), formerly Connecticut State Ethics Commission. Legislative changes effective 7/1/11 created an Office of Governmental Accountability (OGA), which is a consolidation of nine formerly independent agencies, including the Office of State Ethics, State Elections Enforcement Commission, Freedom of Information Commission, Child Advocate, Victim Advocate, Judicial Selection Commission, Judicial Review Council, State Contracting Standards Board and the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. The Office of State Ethics continues to have independent decision making authority including budget and staffing decisions but was reduced from 18 to 13 staff members. The executive administrator will be the administrative head of the OGA and will be responsible for “back office” functions: budgeting, human resources, personnel, administrative, IT, etc. 

Branch of Government
Independent agency.

Approximate Budget
$1.4 million

Members
The nine-member Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board is part of the Office of State Ethics. Three members are appointed by governor, one by the speaker of the house, one by the house majority leader, one by the house minority leader, one by the senate president pro tem, one by the senate majority leader and one by the senate minority leader. All members shall be electors of the state. Members may not be a state employee. No member or employee of such board shall (1) hold or campaign for any public office, (2) have held public office or have been a candidate for public office for a three-year period prior to appointment, (3) hold office in any political party or political committee or be a member of any organization or association organized primarily for the purpose of influencing legislation or decisions of public agencies, or be a lobbyist.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Members may not engage in any business or employment which is in conflict with the discharge of his or her duties, responsibilities and the public interest. Members may not make contributions or represent any business or person other than him or herself before the board for one year following the end of the member’s service. No member may hold any position in the state for one year following the end of such member’s service (Sec. 1--84).

Compensation
Members receive $200 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms, limited to a single term.

Removal from Office
Employees of the Office of State Ethics will be dismissed and members of the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board removed, for disclosing confidential information.

Financial Disclosure
Financial disclosure law requires approximately 2,700 public officials and state employees (designated to file by the governor) to file annually on May 1. The Office of State Ethics achieves 100% compliance; about 84% file online.

Delaware

Delaware State Public Integrity Commission

Deborah Weaver, Commission Counsel
Margaret O'Neil Building
410 Federal Street, Suite 3
Dover, DE 19901
P: 302-739-2399
F: 302-739-2398

deborah.weaver@state.de.us

Website: http://depic.delaware.gov/

Created
State Public Integrity Commission, created 1994 (Del. Code Ann. tit. 29, § 5808).  Formerly called the State Ethics Commission.

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$178,000

Members
Seven members: appointed by governor with concurrence of senate. No more than four of the same party.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Members may not hold or be a candidate for any elected or appointed government office. No member shall hold any political party office or an office in any political campaign.

Compensation
Members receive $100 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve seven-year terms.

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed from office by the governor for willful misconduct.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Florida

Florida Commission on Ethics

Virlindia Doss, Executive Director

Phyiscal Address:
325 John Knox Road
Building E, Suite 200
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Mailing Address:
P.O. Drawer 15709
Tallahassee, FL 32317-5709
P: 850-488-7864
F: 850-488-3077

doss.virlindia@leg.state.fl.us

Website: http://www.ethics.state.fl.us/

Created
Florida Commission on Ethics, created 1974 (Fla. Stat. § 112.320 - § 112.326).

Branch of Government
Legislative.

Approximate Budget
$2,271,500

Members
Nine members: five appointed by the governor (not more than three from the same party, and at least one must have been a city or county official), subject to confirmation by the senate; two appointed by speaker of the house; two by president of the senate. Neither shall appoint more than one person from the same political party.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Members may not hold other public office or be a lobbyist before state or local governmental entities while serving.

Compensation
Members receive compensation on a per diem basis and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve two-year terms, limited to two full consecutive terms.

Removal from Office
Commissioners can be removed from office for “cause,” by a majority vote of the governor, the president of the senate, the speaker of the house and the chief justice.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Georgia

Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission
 

Holly LaBerge, Executive Secretary
200 Piedmont Avenue, SE
Suite 1402, West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
P: 404-463-1980
F: 404-463-1988

gaethics@ethics.ga.gov

Website: http://www.ethics.ga.gov/

Created
Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission created 1974 (Ga. Code Ann. § 21-5-1 et seq.), renamed as of January 2011.

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
No response.

Members
Five members: three appointed by the governor; one appointed by the lieutenant governor; one appointed by the speaker of the house. No more than two of the governor’s appointments may be from the same party. May not have run for or held federal, state or local office in the previous five years to be eligible for appointment. Officers of political parties are ineligible.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
No response.

Compensation
Members receive compensation on a per diem basis and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve varying lengths of term: one member serves a two-year term, two members serve a three-year term and two members serve a four-year term, limited to a single term.

Removal from Office
No response.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure

Hawaii

State Ethics Commission

Leslie H. Kondo, JD, Executive Director

Physical Address:
1001 Bishop Street, Suite 970
Honolulu, HI 96813

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 616
Honolulu, HI 96809
P: 808-587-0460
F: 808-587-0470

ethics@hawaiiethics.org

Website: http://hawaii.gov/ethics/

Created
State Ethics Commission, created 1968 (Haw. Rev. Stat. § 84-21).

Branch of Government
Legislative.

Approximate Budget
$813,000

Members
Five members are appointed by the governor from a panel of 10persons who are nominated by the judicial council. Members must be citizens of the U.S. and residents of Hawaii.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
May not participate in political campaigns and activities while in office. Members may not hold any other public office, or take active part in political management or in political campaign during their terms of office.

Compensation
Members do not receive any compensation, but are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms, limited to two consecutive terms.

Removal from Office
The governor may remove or suspend any member of the commission upon the filing of a written finding with the commission and upon service of a copy of the written finding on the member to be removed or suspended. The ethics commission may employ and at pleasure, remove such persons, including the executive director, as it deems necessary for the performance of its functions.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Idaho No ethics commission.

Illinois

Illinois Legislative Ethics Commission

Randy Erford, Executive Director
420 Stratton Building
Springfield, IL 62706
P: 217-558-1561
F: 217-557-0505

randye@ilga.gov

Website: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lec/default.asp

 

Office of the Legislative Inspector General
Office of the Legislative Inspector General, created 2003 (5 ILCS 430/1).

Legislative Inspector General (Position vacant)
420 Stratton Building
Springfield, IL 62706
P: 217-558-1560
F: 217-558-1566

Website: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lig/default.asp

Created
Legislative Ethics Commission, created 2004 (5 Ill. Comp. Stat. 430/25-5).

Branch of Government
Legislative.

Approximate Budget
$150,000

Members
Eight commissioners: appointed two each by the president and minority leader of the senate and the speaker and minority leader of the house of representatives. Members may be from the general public or members of the Illinois General Assembly. 

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
No commissioner, other than a commissioner who is a member of the General Assembly or employee of the Legislative Ethics Commission, may during his or her term of appointment or employment: become a candidate for any elective office; hold any other elected or appointed public office except for appointment on governmental advisory boards or study commissions or as otherwise expressly authorized by law; be actively involved in the of affairs of any political party or political organization; advocate for the appointment of another person to an appointed or elected office or position or actively participate in any campaign for any elective office.

Compensation
Members are compensated greater of an amount (i) determined by the commission or (ii) by joint resolution of the Illinois General Assembly passed by a majority of members in each chamber. Members are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms, limited to two consecutive terms.

Removal from Office
Legislative Inspector General serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Illinois Executive Ethics Commission

Chad Fornoff, Executive Director
401 S. Spring Street
William Stratton Building
Springfield , IL 62706
P: 217-558-1393
F: 217-558-1399 

chad.fornoff@illinois.gov  EEC.cms@illinois.gov

Website: http://www2.illinois.gov/eec/Pages/default.aspx

 

Office of the Executive Inspector General

Ricardo Meza, Executive Inspector General
69 West Washington Street, Suite 3400
Chicago, IL 60602
Toll free: 888-261-2734
F: 312-814-5479

Website: http://www2.illinois.gov/oeig/Pages/default.aspx

Created
Executive Ethics Commission, created 2003  (5 Ill. Comp. Stat. 430/20-5).

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$7 million

Members
Nine members: governor appoints five commissioners; the attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller, and treasurer each appoint one commissioner. Appointments are confirmed with the consent of the senate. No more than five commissioners of the same political party.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Commissioners may not (1) run for elective office, (2) hold any other elected or appointed public office except for appointments on governmental advisory boards or study commissions, (3) be actively engaged in political activities and (4) advocate for appointment of another person to elective and public offices.

Compensation
Members receive compensation equal to the compensation of members of the State Board of Elections and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms. There is no limit to the number of terms that members may serve.

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed by the appointing entity for "cause;" “cause” is not defined.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Indiana

Office of the Indiana Inspector General and Indiana State Ethics Commission

David Thomas, Inspector General
Cynthia Carrasco, Executive Director
315 W. Ohio Street, Room 104
Indianapolis, IN 46202
P: 317-232-3850
F: 317-232-0707

info@ig.in.gov

Website: http://www.in.gov/ig

Created
Office of the Indiana Inspector General, created 2005 (Ind. Code 4-2-7).
Indiana State Ethics Commission, created 1974 (Ind. Code 4-2-6-2); revised 2005.

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$369,408. Twenty-five percent of IG budget allocated to the State Ethics Commission includes staff support, office supplies and equipment; 100% allocated to SEC includes per diem, subsistence, mileage and lodging.

Members
Five members: appointed by the governor. No more than three members shall be of the same political party.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
In addition to the restrictions set for the in the Code of Ethics, commissioners may not hold an elected or appointed office, be employed by the state, or be registered as a lobbyist according to IC 4-2-7.

Compensation
Members receive compensation on a per diem basis and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms.

Removal from Office
The commission’s enabling statute does not address removal.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are not required to file financial disclosure.

Note: The OIG staff was previously the State Ethics Commission staff. However, the State Ethics Commission remains the ultimate authority on interpreting the Indiana Code of Ethics and any litigation before it.

Indiana Lobby Registration Commission

Charles W. Harris, JD, Executive Director amd General Counsel
10 W. Market Street, Suite 1760
Indianapolis, IN 46204
P: 317-232-9860
F: 317-233-0077

LRCInfo@lrc.in.gov

Website: http://www.in.gov/ilrc/

Created
Indiana Lobby Registration Commission, created 1992 (Ind. Code 2-7-1.6-1).

Branch of Government
Legislative.

Approximate Budget
$280,000

Members
Four members: appointed by the president pro tempore, minority floor leader of the senate, speaker of the house and minority floor leader of the house. No more than two members may be of the same political party; members may not be incumbent legislators, lobbyists or convicted felons.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
May not be an incumbent legislator or lobbyist.

Compensation
Members receive compensation on a per diem basis equal to the amount for those serving on interim study committees and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms. There is no limit to the number of terms that members may serve.

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed “at will” at the discretion of legislative leaders, the appointing authority.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are not required to file financial disclosure

Iowa

Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board

Megan Tooker, Executive Director
510 E. 12th, Suite 1A
Des Moines, IA 50319
P: 515-281-3489
P: 515-281-4028 general information
F: 515-281-4073

megan.tooker@iowa.gov

Website: http://www.state.ia.us/government/iecdb/

Created
Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, created 1973 (Iowa Code § 68B.32).

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$537,000

Members
Six members: appointed by the governor. Membership must be balanced as to political affiliation and gender. Members may not be candidates, elected officials or state employees and may not participate in campaign activities.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
May not engage in campaign activities including contributions to state/local candidates and PACs.

Compensation
Members receive compensation on a per diem basis at the same rate paid to members of interim committees, and are reimbursed for expenses

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve six-year terms. There is no limit to the number of terms that a member may serve.

Removal from Office
Members may be removed from office by the district court for willful or habitual neglect or refusal to perform the duties of the office; for willful misconduct or maladministration in office; for corruption or extortion; upon conviction of a felony; for intoxication, or upon conviction of being intoxicated; upon conviction of violating the provisions of chapter 68A.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Kansas

Governmental Ethics Commission

Carol E. Williams, Executive Director
109 West 9th Street, Suite 504
Topeka, KS 66612-1287
P: 785-296-4219
F: 785-296-2548

ethics@ethics.ks.gov

Website: www.kansas.gov/ethics

Created
Governmental Ethics Commission, created 1974 (Kan. Stat. Ann. § 25-4119a). The commission's name changed to the Public Disclosure Commission in 1981; it was renamed the Governmental Standards and Conduct, and then finally renamed Governmental Ethics Commission in 1998.

Branch of Government
Executive

Approximate Budget
$684,000

Members
Nine members: two appointed by governor, one by president of the senate, one by speaker of the house, one by the minority leader of the house, one by the minority leader of the senate, one by the chief justice of the supreme court, one by the attorney general and one by the secretary of state. Members are prominent community leaders and business professionals from around the state. Not more than five members shall be of the same political party, and the two members appointed by the governor may not be members of the same party. No individual can be appointed to the commission who has held the office of chairperson, vice chairperson or treasurer of any county, district or state political party committee, or who within five years preceding the date of such appointment has been a candidate for or the holder of any partisan political office or who has within three years preceding the date of such appointment (1) held an elected state office, (2) held the office of secretary of any department of state government, (3) been a lobbyist registered in Kansas, (4) been an officer or employee who directly participated in the making of a contract on behalf of a vendor of goods and services with the state of Kansas or (5) provided services under contract to the state of Kansas.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
A commissioner may not: (1) be an individual subject to the provisions of the Campaign Finance Act or the Kansas ethics laws administered by the Commission; (2) serve as a chairperson or treasurer of any candidate or committee subject to the provisions of the Campaign Finance Act; (3) directly or indirectly solicit contributions for any partisan political party or organization or any candidate for partisan political office; (4) endorse any candidate for any partisan political office subject to the provisions of the Campaign Finance Act; (5) be a registered lobbyist in Kansas; (6) be an officer or employee who directly participated in the making of a contract on behalf of a vendor of goods and services with the state of Kansas; (7) provide services under contract to the state of Kansas; (8) be a candidate for or the holder of any partisan political office; or (9) be the chairperson, vice chairperson or treasurer of any county, district or state political party committee

Compensation
Members receive $35 per meeting and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve two-year terms. There is no limit to the number of terms members may serve.

Removal from Office
Members may be removed from office if convicted of violating the confidentiality provisions of the Campaign Finance Act and/or Governmental Ethics Laws; action would be taken in district court.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Kentucky

Legislative Ethics Commission

Judge Anthony M. Wilhoit, Executive Director
22 Mill Creek Park
Frankfort, KY 40601
P: 502-573-2863
F: 502-573-2929

tony.wilhoit@lrc.ky.gov   

Website: http://klec.ky.gov/

Created
Legislative Ethics Commission, created 1993 (Ky. Rev. Stat. § 6.651).

Branch of Government
Legislative.

Approximate Budget
$520,000

Members
Nine citizens: the speaker of the house and president of the senate each appoint four members; the Legislative Research Commission appoints one member. Each member must be a resident of the Commonwealth. Not less than three must be members of the state's largest minority party. Members may not be public officials, including members of the general assembly, a candidate for public office, a legislative agent or an employer of a legislative agent or a spouse or child of any of these individuals while serving on the commission.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
In the two years immediately preceding the date of his appointment, a member may not have served as a fundraiser for a candidate for governor or the general assembly. While serving on the commission, a member shall not: (a) serve as a fundraiser or contribute to a slate of candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, or candidate for attorney general, auditor of public accounts or the general assembly; (b) contribute to a slate of candidates for governor and lt. governor, or candidate for attorney general, auditor of public accounts or the general assembly; (c) serve as an officer in a political party; or (d) participate in the management or conduct of the political campaign of a candidate. 

Compensation
Members receive $100 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms. There is no limit to the number of terms that members may serve.

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed from office by the Legislative Research Commission for “cause.” Cause is not defined.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are not required to file financial disclosure.

Kentucky

Executive Branch Ethics Commission

John R. Steffen, Executive Director
#3 Fountain Place
Frankfort, KY 40601
P: 502-564-7954
F: 502-564-2686

john.steffen@ky.gov

Website: http://ethics.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Created
Executive Branch Ethics Commission, created 1992 (Ky. Rev. Stat. § 11A.060).

Branch of Government
Executive.                                          

Approximate Budget
$500,000

Members
Five members: appointed by the governor with input from the attorney general and the auditor of public accounts. Must be registered voters of the state.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
May not be involved in political activities and may not actively support any candidates who are regulated by the commission.

Compensation
Members receive $100 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms. There is no limit to the number of terms members may serve.

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed from office by the governor for cause only, including substantial neglect of duty and inability to discharge the powers and duties of office.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are not required to file financial disclosure.

Louisiana

Board of Ethics (Louisiana Ethics Administration Program)

Kathleen Allen, Administrator

Physical Address:
617 North Third Street
LaSalle Building, Suite 10-36
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
P: 225-219-5600 or 800-842-6630
F: 225-381-7271

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 4368
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

kathleen.allen@la.gov

Website: http://www.ethics.state.la.us/

Created
Board of Ethics, created 1996 (La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 42:1132 et seq.), replaced the Board of Ethics for Elected Officials and the Commission on Ethics for Public Employees.

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$3,840,517

Members
Eleven members: seven appointed by governor (at least one from each congressional district); two each appointed by house and senate; all are subject to senate confirmation. All appointments made from among nominees submitted by the state's eight private universities. Members may not be former or current elected officials; no former public employee shall serve within six months of termination of term; may not have been a registered lobbyists within two calendar years of the date of selection; may not be a party to any contract with any agency, entity or political subdivision of the state.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Members may not: (1) serve at the same time on any other board or commission, the membership of which is appointed in whole or in part by the governor; (2) participate or engage in an effort to support or oppose the election of a candidate for political office or to support a particular party or issue in an election; be a member of any national, state, or local committee of any political party or faction; make or solicit contributions for any political party, faction, candidate, or issue; or take active part in the management of the affairs of a political party, faction, candidate or any political campaign, except to exercise his right as a citizen to express his opinion privately and to cast his vote as he desires; or (3) serve at the same time on any other board or commission, the membership of which is appointed in whole or in part by the governor.

Compensation
Members receive $50 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve five-year terms, limited to no more than two consecutive terms.

Removal from Office
Commissioners cannot be removed from office.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Maine

Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices

Jonathan Wayne, Executive Director

Physical Address:
45 Memorial Circle
Augusta, Maine 04330

Mailing Address:
135 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0135
P: 207-287-4179
F: 207-287-6775

jonathan.wayne@maine.gov

Website: http://www.state.me.us/ethics/

Created
Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, created 1976 (Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 1, § 1002).

Branch of Government
Independent agency.

Approximate Budget
FY 2009 $408,996

Members
Five members: appointed by governor from nominations submitted by the general public, groups, and organizations; subject to review by the joint standing committee of the legislature having jurisdiction over legal affairs and confirmation by the legislature. No more than two members may be from the same political party. No legislator or member of the previous legislature may be a member. No candidates for or holders of county, state or federal office and no officers of political parties or committees can be members. 

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
May not engage in political fundraising to promote the election or defeat of a candidate, passage or defeat of a ballot measure or endorse a political candidate at state level.

Compensation
Members receive compensation on a per diem basis and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve three-year terms, limited to two terms.

Removal from Office
A member of the commission may be removed by the governor for inefficiency, willful neglect of duty, malfeasance in office, engaging in prohibited activities or failure to continually meet the qualifications set out by this section or to comply with the disclosure requirements, but only with the review and concurrence of the joint standing committee of the legislature having jurisdiction over election practices and legislative ethics upon hearing in executive session, or impeachment by the legislature.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Maryland

State Ethics Commission

Michael W. Lord, Executive Director
45 Calvert Street, Third Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401
P: 410-260-7770
F: 410-260-7747

michael.lord@maryland.gov

Website: http://ethics.gov.state.md.us/

Created
State Ethics Commission, created 1979 (Md. Code Ann., State Gov't Art. § 15-201 et seq.).

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$914,000

Members
Five members: governor appoints three with the advice and consent of the senate. At least one of the three must be of the principal political party of which the governor is not a member. President of the senate and speaker of the house each appoint one.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
May not hold office in, be an employee of or be a candidate for office in federal or state government, a municipal corporation, a county or multi-county agency of the state or a political party. A member may not be a lobbyist.

Compensation
Members receive $100 per diem, the chairman receives $125 per diem and all are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve five-year terms, limited to no more than two consecutive terms.

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed by the governor for neglect of duty, misconduct in office, a disability that makes member unable to serve or a violation of the ethics law.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts State Ethics Commission

Karen L. Nober, Executive Director
The John W. McCormack Building
One Ashburton Place, Room 619
Boston, MA 02108
P: 617-371-9500
F: 617-723-5851

knober@eth.state.ma.us
dgiannotti@eth.state.ma.us

Website: http://www.state.ma.us/ethics/

Created
State Ethics Commission, created 1978 (Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. chs. 268A and 268B).

Branch of Government
Other.

Approximate Budget
$1,731,000

Members
Five members: three appointed by governor, one by state secretary, one by the attorney general. No more than three from same political party.   

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
May not hold or be a candidate for any other public office while a member or for one year thereafter; may not hold office in any political party or political committee; may not participate in or contribute to the political campaign of any candidate for public office.

Compensation
Secretary of administration and finance determines the compensation rate, as of 2009, a per diem of $75 for attending to Commission business. Members are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve five-year terms, limited to a single full term.

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed by a majority vote of the governor, state secretary and attorney general for substantial neglect of duty, inability to discharge duties of office, gross misconduct, involvement in political activity or felony conviction.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Michigan

Michigan State Board of Ethics

Janet McClelland, Chief Deputy Director
State Board of Ethics
Michigan Department of Civil Service
Civil Service
P.O. Box 30002
Lansing, MI 48909
P: 517-373-3644

ethicsboard@michigan.gov

Website: http://www.michigan.gov/mdcs/0,1607,7-147-32705---,00.html

Created
Michigan Board of Ethics, created 1973 (Mich. Comp. Laws § 15.341 et seq.).

Branch of Government
Executive.                                              

Approximate Budget
No response.

Members
Seven members: governor appoints with advice and consent of the senate. Not more than four may be members of the same political party. All members must be residents of the state and not associated with public employment. Attorney general and state personnel director serve ex officio without right to vote.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
No response.

Compensation
Members do not receive compensation, but are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms.

Removal from Office
No response.

Financial Disclosure
No response.

Minnesota

Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

Gary Goldsmith, Executive Director
190 Centennial Office Building
658 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55155-1603
P: 651-539-1180
F: 651-539-1196

gary.goldsmith@state.mn.us

Website: www.cfboard.state.mn.us

Created
Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, created 1974 (Minn. Stat. § 10A.02 et seq.). Previously named Ethical Practices Board.

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$750,000

Members
Six members: appointed by the governor; confirmed by a three-fifths vote of each house of the legislature. One member must be a former legislator from the same political party as the governor; two members must be individuals who have not been public officials, held any political party office or been elected to public office in the previous three years; and the other two members must not support the same political party. No member may currently serve as a lobbyist.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
No member of the board may be a candidate for, or holder of, (1) a national, state, congressional district, legislative district, county or precinct office in a political party, or (2) an elected public office for which party designation is required by statute. 

Compensation
Members receive $55 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses including mileage and parking.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms. There is no limit to the number of terms members may serve.

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed from office by the governor for cause after notice and hearing, or for missing three consecutive meetings.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Mississippi

Mississippi Ethics Commission

Tom Hood, Executive Director

Physical Address:
Room 103, Burroughs Building
660 North Street, Suite 100-C
Jackson, MS 39202

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 22746
Jackson, MS 39225-2746
P: 601-359-1285
F: 601-354-6253

info@ethics.state.ms.us

Website: http://www.ethics.state.ms.us/ethics/ethics.nsf

 

Created
Mississippi Ethics Commission, created 1979 (Miss. Code Ann. § 25-4-1 et seq.).

Branch of Government
No response.

Approximate Budget
No response.

Members
Eight members: two appointed by each of the following officers: governor, lt. governor, speaker of the house, chief justice of the state supreme court. Each member must be a qualified elector of the state. Not more than one person appointed by each authority shall be an elected official.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
No response.

Compensation
Members receive compensation on a per diem basis; total annual compensation may not exceed $3,125.00. Members are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms. 

Removal from Office
Any member of the commission who is indicted for any felony may be suspended by the commission from service on the commission. A commission member who is convicted of a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or convicted of any felony shall be ineligible to serve and the member's position on the commission shall be vacant and subject to reappointment as for other vacancies.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Missouri

Missouri Ethics Commission

Julie Allen, Executive Director
3411-A Knipp Drive
P.O. Box 1370
Jefferson City, Missouri 65109
P: 573-751-2020
Toll free: 800-392-8660
F: 573-526-4506

julie.allen@mec.mo.gov
helpdesk@mec.mo.gov for general information

Website: http://www.moethics.mo.gov/

Created
Missouri Ethics Commission, created 1991, (Mo. Rev. Stat. § 105.955).

Branch of Government
Office of Administration.

Approximate Budget
$1.2 million

Members
Six members: appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Members must be citizens, residents of the state and registered voters. No more than three members may be from one political party; no more than one member from any US congressional district. No member shall hold or be a candidate for public office during his/her term.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
During term and for one year after, no member may be a lobbyist, serve on any other government board or commission, be an officer of any political party or political organization, or participate in any way in any election campaign.

Compensation
Members receive $100 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms. 

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed from office by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, for substantial neglect of duty, inability to discharge powers and duties, gross misconduct or conviction of felony or crime involving moral turpitude.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Montana

Commissioner of Political Practices

Jonathan R. Motl,Commissioner
1205 8th Avenue
P.O. Box 202401
Helena, MT 59620-2401
P: 406-444-2942
F: 406-444-1643 

jmotl@mt.gov

Website: http://politicalpractices.mt.gov/default.mcpx

Created
Commissioner of Political Practices, created 1975 (Mont. Code Ann. 13-37-102, et seq.).

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$500,000

Members
One commissioner, nominated by a four-member panel of legislative leadership; appointed by the governor; subject to confirmation by the senate. Commissioner must be citizen of the U.S., resident of Montana and on date of appointment, must be registered to vote in Montana. 

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
May not participate in any political activity or campaign, hold another position of public trust, contribute to a candidate or political committee, or participate in any matter that is a conflict of interest or results in the appearance of a conflict of interest between public duty and private interest. May not be a candidate for public office for a period of five years after leaving position. Numerous restrictions on political activity. See section 13-37-108, MCA.

Compensation
Commissioner is a full-time salaried position; as of 2009, about $55,000 per year, plus benefits. Commissioner is reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve six-year terms, limited to a single term.

Removal from Office
Commissioner may be removed by governor or by impeachment for incompetence, malfeasance or neglect of duty.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are not required to file financial disclosure.

Nebraska

Accountability and Disclosure Commission

Frank J. Daley, Jr., Executive Director
P.O. Box 95086
Lincoln, NE 68509
P: 402-471-2522
F: 402-471-6599

frank.daley@nebraska.gov

Website: http://nadc.nol.org/

Created
Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, created 1976, (Neb. Rev. Stat. § 49-14-105 et seq.).

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$650,000

Members
Nine members, including the secretary of state. Eight other members appointed as follows: four members appointed by governor—one from each of two lists submitted by the legislature (each list must contain at least five individuals), and two members from the citizenry of the state at large; four members appointed by the secretary of state—one from a list of at least five individuals submitted by the Democrat state chairperson, one from a list of at least five individuals submitted by the Republican state chairperson, and two members from the citizenry at large. Governor and secretary of state must make their appointments in such a manner as to assure that not more than four of the eight appointed members of the commission shall be from the same political party and at least one member shall be registered as an independent. 

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
No appointed individual, while a member of the commission, shall engage in any activity or hold any position or office which is regulated by the commission as follows: (a) lobbying; (b) being a public official, a public employee or a state elective official; (c) campaigning for the election or appointment of himself or herself to an elective public office; or (d) holding an office in any political party or political committee.

Compensation
Members are reimbursed for expenses; no per diems.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve six-year terms, limited to a single full term. If appointed to an unexpired term, a member may be reappointed to a full term.

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed from office by the governor for inefficiency, neglect of duty, misconduct or disability, but only after notice and hearing.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Nevada

Nevada Commission on Ethics

Caren Jenkins, Esq., Executive Director
704 W. Nye Lane, Suite 204
Carson City, NV 89703
P: 775-687-5469
F: 775-687-1279

cjenkins@ethics.nv.gov

Website: http://www.ethics.nv.gov/ 

Created
Nevada Ethics Commission, established in 1975 as the State Ethics Commission, became the Nevada Commission on Ethics in 1985 (Nev. Rev. Stat. § 281.A.200).

Branch of Government
Both.

Approximate Budget
$650,000

Members
Eight members: four appointed by legislative commission; four appointed by governor. All must be residents of the state. Of the four appointed by the legislature and the governor, two must be former public officers and one must be an attorney licensed to practice law in Nevada. Not more than four members of the commission may be members of the same political party, and not more than four members may be residents of the same county.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Members may not hold another public office, be actively involved in the work of any political party or political campaign or communicate directly or indirectly with a member of the legislative branch on behalf of someone other than himself to influence legislative action (lobby), except in pursuit of the business of the Commission. (See NRS 281.455.)

Compensation
Members receive no more than $80 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year term, limited to two consecutive terms.

Removal from Office
Members may be removed by the commission for three willful violations of Ethics in Government Law.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are not required to file financial disclosure.

New Hampshire

Legislative Ethics Committee

Richard M. Lambert, Executive Administrator
State House Room 112
107 North Main Street
Concord, N.H. 03301
P: 603-271-3326
F: 603-271-6607

richard.lambert@leg.state.nh.us

Website: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/ethics

Created
1991 (N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 14-B:2).

Branch of Government
Legislative.

Approximate Budget
N/A

Members
Seven members: two house members, two senate members and three persons from the public. The members are appointed by the speaker of the house, house minority leader, senate president, senate minority leader.

Prohibited Activities for Committee Members
No lobbyists can be committee members while serving as a lobbyist or for six months after registration has expired.

Compensation
Members do not receive compensation but do receive mileage at the legislative rate for legislative members; mileage at the state employee rate for public members.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Biennium, no term limits.

Removal from Office
Yes; for good cause and by a unanimous vote of the remaining committee members.

Financial Disclosure
Committee members, both legislators and public members, are required to file financial disclosure.

New Hampshire Executive Branch Ethics Committee

Joseph DiBrigida, Jr., Chairman
33 Capitol Street
Concord, NH 03301-6397
P: 603-271-3658
F: 603-271-2110

ethics@doj.nh.gov

Website: http://doj.nh.gov/ethics-committee/

Created
2006 (RSA Chapter 21-G:29).

Branch of Government
Executive (Department of Justice).

Approximate Budget
$2,250/year

Members
Seven members: Section 21-G:29 (V) of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes states that persons appointed to the committee shall be qualified by excellent personal reputation and by education or experience in public service, in resolving ethical issues facing persons in public service, or in the law. Three members, nominated by the governor, one of whom shall be a member of the Democratic Party, one of whom shall be a member of the Republican Party, and one of whom shall have no political party affiliation. Two members, nominated by the secretary of state, one of whom shall be a member of the Democratic Party and one of whom shall be a member of the Republican Party. Two members, nominated by the treasurer, one of whom shall be a member of the Democratic Party and one of whom shall be a member of the Republican Party. All nominations under paragraph shall be confirmed by the governor and executive council.

Prohibited Activities for Committee Members
Section 21-G:29 (V) of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes states that no executive branch official shall serve as a committee member, and no person who has registered as a lobbyist under RSA 15:1 shall serve as a committee member, or for six months following the expiration of such registration. Section 21-G:29(VI) of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes states that, during their term of appointment, members may not hold or campaign for elective office, serve as an officer of any political party or political committee, permit their names to be used in support of or in opposition to any candidate or proposition, participate in any way in any election campaign, make a contribution as defined in RSA 664:2 to any candidate for office or political committee or act as or assist a lobbyist required to be registered under RSA 15:1.

Compensation
Members do not receive compensation but do receive mileage at the state employee rate.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Three-year term; following their three-year term, until their successors are appointed and qualified.

Removal from Office
Yes; pursuant to NH RSA 4:1, the governor and executive council could remove a member after a hearing, for malfeasance, misfeasance, inefficiency in office, incapacity or unfitness to perform assigned duties or for the good of of the department, agency or institution to which such official is assigned.

Financial Disclosure
Committee members are required to file financial disclosure.

New Jersey

State Ethics Commission

Peter J. Tober, Esq., Executive Director
28 West State Street, Room 1407
P.O. Box 082
Trenton, NJ 08625
P: 609-292-1892
F: 609-633-9252

peter.tober@ethics.state.nj.us

Website: http://nj.gov/ethics/

Created
State Ethics Commission was created in 1973 to administer and enforce the New Jersey Conflicts of Interest Law, N.J. Stat. Ann. § 52:13D-12 et seq., and was renamed the State Ethics Commission, effective March 15, 2006. The Commission also administers and enforces several sections of the Casino Control Act, N.J.S.A. 5:12-1 et seq., and has administrative authority granted by the governor by Executive Orders 189 (Kean, 1989), 41 (Codey, 2005), 65 (Codey, 2005), 68 (Codey, 2005) and 1 (Corzine, 2006).

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$1,000,000

Members
Seven members: four public members and three executive branch employees, appointed by the governor. Not more than two of the public members shall be of the same political party. The governor designates one public member to serve as chairman and one member to serve as vice-chairman of the commission.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Commissioners must adhere to political activity restrictions and are subject to State Conflicts of Interest Law.

Compensation
Members do not receive compensation, but are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Public members serve for staggered terms of four years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors.

Removal from Office
Executive branch members serve at the pleasure of the governor during the term of the governor appointing the member and until the member's successor is appointed and qualified. Public members serve staggered terms of four years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors. There are no term limits.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission

Jeffrey M. Brindle, Executive Director
P.O. Box 185
Trenton, NJ 08625-0185
P: 609-292-8700
Toll free: 888-313-ELEC (3532)

jeff.brindle@elec.state.nj.us

Website: http://www.elec.state.nj.us/

Created
Created in 1973, pursuant to section 5 of P.L.1973, c.83 (C.19:44A-5). 

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$4.3 million

Members
Four members: governor nominates, senate confirms. Members of the public; no more than two may be from the same political party. Members may not be elected officials, lobbyists, party officials, candidates or persons regulated by the commission.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Political activity prohibited. May not make contributions, attend political events or hold in home or  accept gifts of any kind from those regulated, including lobbyists.

Compensation
Members receive $250 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve three-year terms. There is no limit to the number of terms members may serve.

Removal from Office
Commissioners cannot be removed from office, but can be fined by state ethics commission for violation of Commission Code of Ethics.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

New Mexico No ethics commission.

New York

New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics

Daniel J. Horowitz, Chair
540 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207
P: 518-408-3976

Website: www.jcope.ny.gov 

Created
The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics, created in 2010. (Preceded by the New York State Commission on Public Integrity, created 2007.) (Executive Law ch. 18 § 34.)

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$4.3 million 

Members
Fourteen members, three appointed by the temporary president of the senate, three appointed by the speaker of the assembly, one appointed by the minority leader of the senate, one appointed by the minority leader of the assembly, and six appointed by the governor and the lt. governor. The commission chair is selected by the governor. The commission appoints the executive director.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
May not be a current or former lobbyist in the state; a current or former member of the New York state legislature or a statewide elected official or a commissioner of an executive agency appointed by the governor or a current or former political party chairman. No individual shall be eligible for appointment as a member of the commission who currently or within the last year is or has been a state officer or employee or legislative employee.

Compensation
Commissioners receive a per diem allowance of $300 for each day actually spent in the performance of his or her duties and are reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred during those duties.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Five-year terms, provided, however, that of the members first appointed by the governor and lieutenant governor, one shall serve for one year, one shall serve for two years, one shall serve for three years and one shall serve for four years, as designated by the governor. The members first appointed by the temporary president of the senate and by the speaker of the assembly shall serve for four years and the members first appointed by the minority leaders of the senate and the assembly shall serve for two years. Terms for the commissioners vary and are set forth in the statute.

Removal from Office
Members of the commission may be removed by the governor for substantial neglect of duty, gross misconduct in office, inability to discharge the powers or duties of office or violation of this section, after written notice and opportunity for a reply.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

New York State Legislative Ethics Commission

Lisa P. Reid, Esq, Executive Director/Counsel

Physical Address:
Alfred E. Smith Building
Suite 1431
Albany, NY 12247

Mailing Address:
Legislative Office Building
Box 75
Albany, NY 12247
P: 518-432 7837
F: 518-432-7838

lreid@nysenate.gov

Website: http://www.legethics.com/home.aspx

Created
New York State Legislative Ethics Commission, created by the Public Employees Ethics Reform Act of 2007 (ch. 14, L. 2007). This legislation expanded the former Legislative Ethics Committee and revised the provisions of the Public Officers Law under the commission's jurisdiction.

Branch of Government
Legislative.

Approximate Budget
No response.

Members
Nine members: four legislative members; five others. Seven members, including the chair are selected by the governor; six members are appointed by the governor on the recommendation of the attorney general, the comptroller and the four legislative leaders. No more than four of the seven members appointed by the governor can belong to the same political party. One legislative member and one nonlegislative member is appointed by the temporary president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the minority leader of the senate and the minority leader of the assembly. The fifth nonlegislative member is selected jointly by the speaker of the assembly and the majority leader of the senate. 

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
N/A

Compensation
Members of the commission who are members of the legislature do not receive compensation but are reimbursed for expenses. Members of the commission who are not  members of the legislature shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses and receive a per diem allowance in the sum of $300 for each day spent in the performance of their official duties.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve varying terms: legislative members serve two years concurrent with their legislative terms in office; other members serve four years.

Removal from Office
No response.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are not required to file financial disclosure.

North Carolina

North Carolina State Ethics Commission

Perry Y. Newson

Physical Address:
424 N. Blount Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1010

Mailing Address:
1324 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1324
P: 919-715-2071
F: 919-715-1644

ethics.commission@doa.nc.gov

Website: http://www.ethicscommission.nc.gov/

Created|
North Carolina State Ethics Commission, created 2007 (State Government Ethics Act § 138A‑6).

Branch of Government
No response.

Approximate Budget
No response.

Members
Eight members: four members are appointed by the governor, of whom no more than two shall be of the same political party; four members are appointed by the general assembly, two upon the recommendation of the speaker of the house of representatives, neither of whom shall be of the same political party, and two upon the recommendation of the president pro tempore of the senate, neither of whom shall be of the same political party.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Members may not hold or be a candidate for any other public office; may not participate in political activities; may not be an employee of the government at any level, or serve as a member of any other state board.  

Compensation
Members do not receive compensation but are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms. 

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed from the commission only for misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance. The governor may remove members he or she appointed, other members may be removed by the governor upon recommendation of appointing authority.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

North Dakota

No ethics commission.

Ohio

Ohio Ethics Commission

Paul M. Nick, Executive Director
William Green Building
30 West Spring Street, L3
Columbus, OH 43215-2256
P: 614-466-7090
F: 614-466-8368

ethics@ethics.ohio.gov

Website: http://ethics.ohio.gov/ethicshome.html

Created
Ethics Commission, created 1974 (Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 102.05 et seq.).

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$2 million

Members
Six members: appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Three must be members of each of the two major political parties.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Members may not be legislative agents or executive agency lobbyists, may not be a candidate or elected office holder at the state, county or city level; may not serve in any state department or agency position required to file disclosure, or serve on a state board or commission whose members are required to file financial disclosure.

Compensation
Members receive $75 per diem, not to exceed $1,800 in any fiscal year. Members are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve six-year terms. There is no limit to the number of terms members may serve.

Removal from Office
The governor may remove commissioners from office for “good cause.”

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Ethics Commission

Lee Slater
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room B-5
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4812
P: 405-521-3451
F: 405-521-4905

lee.slater@ethics.ok.gov

Website: http://www.ok.gov/oec/

Created
Oklahoma Ethics Commission, created 1990 (Oklahoma Constitution Article XXIX).

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$647,354

Members
Five private citizens: one each appointed by governor, president pro tem of the senate, speaker of the house, chief justice of the supreme court, attorney general. Members must be registered voters in the state. No more than three can be of the same political party. 

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Members may not be a candidate or office holder at state or local level; may not be an office holder in a committee; may not take part in election or campaign activities; may not act as or assist a lobbyist; or be employed by the state or county in any other capacity. Members are not eligible for elected office for two years after completing his or her term (257:1-1-4).

Compensation
Members do not receive compensation but are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve five-year terms, limited to two consecutive terms.

Removal from Office
Members may not be removed from office (Oklahoma Constitution XXIX-7).

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Oregon

Oregon Government Ethics Commission

Ronald A. Bersin, Executive Director
3218 Pringle Road SE, Suite 220
Salem, OR 97302-1544
P: 503-378-5105
F: 503-373-1456

ron.a.bersin@state.or.us
ogec.mail@state.or.us

Website: http://www.gspc.state.or.us/

Created
Oregon Government Ethics Commission, created 1974 (Or. Rev. Stat., §§ 244.250-244.345).

Branch of Government
No response.

Approximate Budget
No response.

Members
Seven members: three appointed by governor, one each by the majority and minority parties in each house of the Legislative Assembly. No person holding public office may be appointed and no more than two members may be of the same political party.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
No response.

Compensation
Commissioners receive $30 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four years, limited to one full term.

Removal from Office
No response.

Financial Disclosure
No response.

Pennsylvania

State Ethics Commission

Robert P. Caruso, Executive Director
309 Finance Building
P.O. Box 11470
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1470
P: 717-783-1610
F: 717-787-0806

ra-ethicswebmaster@state.pa.us

Website: http://www.ethics.state.pa.us/

Create
Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission, created 1979 (65 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 1106 et seq.).

Branch of Government
Independent agency.

Approximate Budget
$1.786 million

Members
Seven members: one appointed by each of the following: president pro tem of the senate, minority leader of the senate, speaker of the house, minority leader of the house. Governor appoints three members without confirmation; no more than two shall be of the same political party. No appointee shall have served as an officer in a political party for one year prior to his appointment.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
May not hold or campaign for any other public office, hold office in any political party or committee, actively participate in or contribute to any political campaign, lobby, or be employed by the commonwealth or a political subdivision.

Compensation
Members receive $250 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve three-year terms, limited to two consecutive terms.

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed from office by a majority of the commission for participating in any prohibited activities.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Ethics Commission

Kent A. Willever, Executive Director
40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903
P: 401-222-3790
F: 401-222-3382

ethics@ethics.ri.gov

Website: http://www.ethics.ri.gov/

Created
Rhode Island Ethics Commission created 1986 Constitutional Amendment, R.I. Const. Art. III, sec. 7 & 8; and by 1987 enabling legislation,  R.I. Gen. Laws. § 36-14-8 through 36-14-14.

Branch of Government

Approximate Budget
$1,400,000

Members
Nine members: appointed by the governor, one each from lists submitted by the majority leader of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker of the house, the majority leader of the house, the minority leader of the house and four without regard to the lists. Members must be residents of the state.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
No member shall hold or campaign for any other public office, hold office in any political party or committee, participate in or contribute to any campaign, have held or been a candidate for elective public office for one year prior to appointment, or have any equity interest or ownership interest in or be employed by a business entity that derives any of its revenue or income by engaging in lobbying.

Compensation
Members do not receive compensation and are not reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve five-year terms, limited to a single term.

Removal from Office
Members may be removed from office.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

South Carolina

South Carolina Ethics Commission

Herbert R. Hayden, Jr. , Executive Director
5000 Thurmond Mall, Suite 250
Columbia, SC 29201
P: 803-253-4192
F: 803-253-7539

sandra@ethics.sc.gov for information about lobbying, campaign forms or statements of economic interest

cathy@ethics.sc.gov for information about the complaint process or legal questions

Website: http://ethics.sc.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Created
South Carolina Ethics Commission, created 1975 (S.C. Code Ann. § 8-13-310).

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$650,000

Members
Nine members: appointed by the governor, upon advice and consent of the general assembly. One member shall represent each of the six congressional districts, and three members must be appointed from the state at large. No member of the general assembly or other public official shall be eligible to serve on the state ethics commission. 

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
May not be a candidate, an official in a political party or a lobbyist. Other than ethics commission membership, may not be a public official, public member or public employee. No member may participate in political management or in a political campaign during his or her term in office; may not make a contribution to a candidate or knowingly attend a fundraiser held for the benefit of a candidate.

Compensation
Members receive $35 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve five-year terms, limited to a single term.

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed from office by the governor for malfeasance, excessive absenteeism and criminal indictment.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure. 

South Dakota No ethics commission.

Tennessee

Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance

Drew Rawlins, Executive Director
404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 104
Nashville, TN 37243
P: 615-741-7959
F: 615-532-8905

drew.rawlins@tn.gov
ethics.counsel@tn.gov

Website: http://www.tennessee.gov/sos/tec/index.htm

Created
Tennessee Ethics Commission was created in 2006 by the Comprehensive Governmental Ethics Reform Act (Tenn. Code Ann. 3-6-101 et seq.). In 2009, by 2009 Public Chapter 556, the Ethics Commission was consolidated with the Registry of Election Finance. Jointly they are called the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance.

Branch of Government
Legislative.

Approximate Budget
$1,200,000 (entire budget for the Bureau)

Members
Six board members: governor, speaker of the senate and speaker of the house each appoint two members, one of the majority and one of the minority party. The speakers of the senate and house choose their appointees from a list of three majority and three minority candidates, which are submitted by the caucuses in both chambers. Each gubernatorial appointee is confirmed by a two-thirds vote by each house of the general assembly and each legislative appointee is confirmed by a two-thirds vote by the appointing authority's house. 

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Members of the commission or the member's immediate family may not: (1) hold or qualify for elective office to any state or local public office; (2) be an employee of the state or any political subdivision of the state; (3) be an officer of any political party or political committee; (4) lobby or employ a lobbyist; (5) participate in any way in any election campaign; (4) be employed by any elected officeholder in any capacity, or be employed by any business in which an elected officeholder has any direct input concerning employment decisions; (5) permit such person's name to be used or make campaign contributions in support of or in opposition to any candidate or proposition, except that a member's immediate family may make campaign contributions in support of or in opposition to any candidate or proposition.

Compensation
Members do not receive compensation and are not reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms, limited to two consecutive terms.

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed by the speaker of the senate and speaker of the house for a violation of their oath or violation of prohibited activity.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Texas

Texas Ethics Commission

David Reisman, Executive Director
P.O. Box 12070
Austin, TX 78711-2070
P: 512-463-5800
F: 512-463-5777

david.reisman@ethics.state.tx.us

Website: http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/

Created
Texas Ethics Commission, created 1991 (Tex. Gov't Code Ann. § 571; Texas Const. Art. 3, § 24a).

Branch of Government
Legislative.

Approximate Budget
$1,200,432

Members
Eight members: two members of different political parties appointed by governor from a list of at least 10 names submitted by the house of representatives; two members of different political parties appointed by governor from a list of at least 10 names submitted by the senate; two members from different political parties appointed by lt. governor, from a list of at least 10 names submitted by the senate; and two members from different political parties appointed by the speaker of the house, from a list of at least 10 names submitted by the members of the house. Appointments shall be made without regard to race, color, disability, sex, age, national origin or religion. A member may not be a candidate for elective office for 12 months after serving on the commission. May not be a member if required to register as a lobbyist. 

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Sec. 571.028, Government Code, states that a member may not be a candidate for elective public office for 12 months after serving on the commission.

Compensation
Members do not receive compensation but are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve four-year terms, limited to two terms.

Removal from Office
A commissioner may be removed from office if he or she does not have required qualifications; does not maintain qualifications; cannot discharge duties; absence from meetings. In the removal process the executive director notifies the presiding officer and presiding officer notifies the governor and attorney general.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Utah

Independent Legislative Ethics Commission

Kim Bouck, Executive Director
P.O. Box 141175
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1175
P: 801-326-1422

kbouck@le.utah.gov

Website: http://ethics.utah.gov/

Created
Independent Legislative Ethics Commission, created 2010 (Utah Joint Rule 6-2-101 to -104; 6-2-201 to -202; 6-2-301 to -307).

Branch of Government
Legislative.

Members
Five members: two former judges who have served in the state, mutually nominated by the speaker of the house and the president of the senate; one former judge who has served in the state, mutually nominated by the house and senate minority leaders; one former legislator, mutually nominated by the speaker of the house and the president of the senate; and one former legislator, mutually nominated by the house and senate minority leaders. All three former judges must be appointed by majority vote of the presiding officers and the minority leaders.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Former legislators must have ceased legislative service no more than four years prior to being appointed. Members may not hold office, serve as a state agency head or register as a lobbyist or principal.

Compensation
A member of the commission may not receive compensation or benefits for the member's service, but may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties at the rates established by the Division of Finance under sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Four-year terms, limited to two terms.

Removal from Office
Yes; can be removed by the governor or a majority of the commission and only for cause. 

 

Financial Disclosure
N/A

Utah Independent Executive Branch Ethics Commission

Ric Cantrell, Utah Senate Chief of Staff (temporary contact)
320 State Capitol
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
P: 801-647-8944

rcantrell@le.utah.gov (temporary)

Created
Created 2013  (UT Code § 63A-14-202).

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
N/A

Members
Five.Two members who served as elected officials in state government no more recently than four years before the day on which the member is appointed or in a management position in the state executive branch no more recently than four years before the day on which the member is appointed. One member who has served, but no longer actively serves, as a judge of a court in the state, or is a licensed attorney in the state and is not, and has not been, a judge. Two citizen members. The governor shall make appointments to the commission as follows:

  • each executive branch elected official, other than the governor, shall select, and provide to the governor, at least two names for potential appointment to one of the membership positions in Subsection (1)(a)
  • (ii) the governor shall determine which of the executive branch elected officials described in subsection (1)(b)(i) shall select names for which membership position
  • (iii) the governor shall appoint to the commission one of the names provided by each executive branch elected official described in subsection (1)(b)(i)
  • (iv) the governor shall directly appoint the remaining member of the commission
  • (v) if an executive branch elected official fails to submit names to the governor within 15 days after the day on which the governor makes the determination described in subsection (1)(b)(ii), the governor shall directly appoint a person to fill the applicable membership position

Prohibited Activities
During term of office, may not act or serve as an officeholder as defined in section 20A-11-101; an agency head as defined in section 67-16-3; a lobbyist as defined in section 36-11-102; a principal as defined in section 36-11-102; or an employee of the state.

Compensation
A commission member may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties at the rates established by the Division of Finance under sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Four years, limited to two full terms.

Removal from Office
Yes; can be removed by the governor or a majority of the commission and only for cause.

Financial Disclosure
N/A

Vermont No ethics commission.
Virginia No ethics commission.

Washington

Washington State Legislative Ethics Board

Mike O'Connell, Counsel
101 Legislative Building
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
P: 360-786-7540
F: 360-786-1553

oconnell.mike@leg.wa.gov 

Website: http://www.leg.wa.gov/LEB/Pages/default.aspx

Created
Washington State Legislative Ethics Board created in 1994 (Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 42.52).

Branch of Government
Legislative.

Approximate Budget
$180,000

Members
Nine members: two senators, appointed by president of the senate; two representatives, appointed by speaker of the house; five citizen members, appointed by governor and selected from lists submitted by each of the four legislative caucuses and the citizen members of the legislative ethics board. 

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Members may not hold or campaign for partisan elective office; may not be an officer of any political party or committee; may not engage in lobbying the legislative branch, or hold a seat in the state legislature within two years of
serving on the board.

Compensation
Members receive $100 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve varying terms: legislative members may serve unlimited two-year terms; citizen members serve five-year terms, limited to one full term. 

Removal from Office
Members may not be removed from office.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Washington Public Disclosure Commission

Andrea McNamara Doyle, Executive Director
711 Capitol Way #206
P.O. BOX 40908
Olympia, WA 98504-0908
P: 360-753-1111
F: 360-753-1112

andrea.doyle@pdc.wa.gov
pdc@pdc.wa.gov

Website: http://www.pdc.wa.gov/

Created
Washington Public Disclosure Commission, created 1973 by Initiative 273 (Washington Rev. Code 42.17A.100).

Branch of Government
Other.

Approximate Budget
$2,252,000

Members
Five members, appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate. No more than three members shall identify with the same political party. All appointees shall be persons of the highest integrity and qualifications.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Members may not hold or campaign for elective office; serve as an officer of any political party or political committee; permit his or her name to be used in support of or in opposition to a candidate or proposition; solicit or make contributions to a candidate or in support of or in opposition to any candidate or proposition; participate in any way in any election campaign; or lobby, employ or assist a lobbyist, except that a member or the staff of the commission may lobby to the limited extent permitted by RCW 42.17.190 on matters directly affecting this chapter.

Compensation
Members receive no more than $100 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve five-year terms, limited to one full term.

Removal from Office
Commissioners may be removed from office by the governor, but only upon grounds of neglect of duty or misconduct in office. The governor may rescind the appointment.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Washington Executive Ethics Board

Melanie de Leon, Executive Director

Physical Address:
2425 Bristol Court SW
Olympia, WA 98504

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 40149
Olympia, WA 98504-0149
P: 360-664-0871
F: 360-586-3955

melanied@atg.wa.gov
ethics@atg.wa.gov

Website: http://www.ethics.wa.gov/index.htm

Created
Founded in 1994 (Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 42.52.350).

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$450,000

Members
Five members, appointed by the governor. One member shall be a classified service employee; a state officer or state employee in an exempt position, a citizen selected from a list of three names submitted by the attorney general, a citizen selected from a list of three names submitted by the state auditor, a citizen selected at large by the governor. No more than three members may be identified with the same political party.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
Commissioners may not (a) hold or campaign for partisan elective office other than the position of precinct committeeperson, or any full-time nonpartisan office, (b) be an officer of any political party or political committee other than the position of precinct committeeperson, (c) permit his or her name to be used, or make contributions, in support of or in opposition to any state candidate or state ballot measure or (d) lobby or control, direct or assist a lobbyist except that such member may appear before any committee of the legislature.

Compensation
Commissioners receive no more than $100 per day and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve five-year terms, limited one full term.

Removal from Office
Commissioners cannot be removed from office.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

West Virginia

West Virginia Ethics Commission

C. Joan Parker, Executive Director
210 Brooks Street, Suite 300
Charleston, WV 25301
P: 304-558-0664
Toll free: 866-558-0664
F: 304-558-2169

c.joan.parker@wv.gov
ethics@wv.gov

Website: http://www.ethics.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Created
West Virginia Ethics Commission, created 1989 (W.V. Code § 6B-2-1).

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
$755,000

Members
Twelve part-time citizen members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. No more than seven may be of the same political party. At least two members must have served in the legislature; at least two must have been employed in full-time elected or appointed state office; at least one must have been employed full-time as a county or municipal officer or employee; at least two must have served part-time as a member or director of a state, county or municipal board, commission or public service district; and at least four members must be selected from the public at large. No more than four members may reside in the same congressional district.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
No member may hold elected or appointed office or be a candidate for office. A member may contribute to a political campaign, but may not hold any political party office or participate in a campaign relating to a referendum or other ballot issue.

Compensation
Members receive $150 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve five-year terms, limited to two consecutive terms.

Removal from Office
The governor may remove commissioners from office for substantial neglect of duty, gross misconduct in office or violations of the Ethics Act.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Wisconsin

Government Accountability Board

Kevin Kennedy, Executive Director and General Counsel

Physical Address:
212 East Washington Avenue, Third Floor
Madison, WI 53703

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7984
Madison, WI 53707-7984
P: 608-266-8005
Help Desk: 608-261-2028
Toll free: 1-866-VOTE-WIS
F: 608-267-0500

gab@wi.gov

Website: http://gab.wi.gov/

Created
The Wisconsin Legislature created the Government Accountability Board (GAB) in January 2007, which assumed the combined responsibilities of the former State Elections Board and the State Ethics Board on January 10, 2008. This was done in 2007 (Wis. State Ann. § 15.60).

Branch of Government
Executive.

Approximate Budget
No response.

Members
Six members: governor nominates, three are approved by the senate and three by the assembly.  All members must be former elected judges of a court of record in Wisconsin. Members may not be candidates for partisan office, members of a political party or partisan political organization, or an officer or employee of state or local government.

Prohibited Activities for Commissioners
No response.

Compensation
Members receive $45 per diem and are reimbursed for expenses.

Length of Term and Term Limits
Members serve six-year terms. 

Removal from Office
No response.

Financial Disclosure
Commissioners are required to file financial disclosure.

Wyoming

No ethics commission.
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