Ethics in the News 2021

Mark Quiner 4/19/2021

Ethics in the News is a monthly summary of ethics- and lobbying-related articles published in 2021, compiled by NCSL’s Center for Ethics in Government.

Note: The links to these articles are provided for information purposes only. NCSL does not endorse any views these news stories provide. Links more than two weeks old may no longer be active. If you are interested in reading an article whose link is inactive, please contact the newspaper in which the story was published.



General - What inspires you? A person? A place? An idea? A belief? Inspiration is a deep-rooted passion that motivates us to do something. Should ethics — the act of deciding to do what is right — be a source of inspiration? I think we are reminded daily that it should be. View story.


Federal — When it comes to oversight, transparency, and consistent ethics in government, you can never rest on your laurels. View story.

The Democratic-led House on Wednesday approved HR 1, a sweeping government, ethics and election bill. View story.

As Congress begins debate this week on sweeping voting and ethics legislation, Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing: If signed into law, it would usher in the biggest overhaul of U.S. elections law in at least a generation. View story.

House Democrats have moved sweeping pieces of legislation in recent days that will have significant impacts on the federal workforce, including by boosting paid leave and placing tighter restrictions on employees’ pre- and post-government work. View story.

Illinois - The independent Legislative Inspector General is asking Illinois lawmakers for a budget of nearly $1 million to investigate lawmakers. If investigation costs end up exceeding that, she said she would have to go back to lawmakers for more. View story.