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Ethics

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ncsl magazine

Yes, No, Maybe So

Lobbyists tend to have a bit of an unsavory reputation overall - sometimes for good reason - but their work serves a necessary and Constitutionally protected purpose in our democracy. The most recent Ethics column in State Legislatures Magazine takes on the deceptively complex question of What's (Un)Ethical About Lobbying?

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Voting Recusal Provisions

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

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Ethics

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Ethics in the News

Check out what's going on in the world of ethics.

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ncsl legisbrief

Limiting Political Activity for Nonpartisan Staff

Legislatures have an interest in ensuring that nonpartisan staff refrain from political activities that may diminish their effectiveness, but staff also have the constitutional right to express themselves politically.

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Contact the Ethics Center

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

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Ethics and Lobbying Legislation

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

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Overview