Ethics in the News 2022

Mark Quiner 5/27/2022

the word ethics written on a chalkboard

Ethics in the News is a monthly summary of ethics- and lobbying-related articles published in 2022, 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.

 

May

U.S. - A prominent Republican-appointed federal judge on Thursday took the rare step of arguing that U.S. Supreme Court justices should be subject to an ethics code, saying the judiciary has done an inadequate job of policing itself against misconduct. View story.

Kentucky - Governor Andy Beshear has filed a lawsuit against the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission and the Executive Branch Ethics Commission over House Bill 344. View story.

New York - The Legislative Ethics Commission has approved generic advice on the topics listed below. The guidance offered is general in nature and the Commission’s response to individual questions may vary according to the facts of each particular request. View story.

Vermont - Gov. Phil Scott signed into law Vermont’s first-ever statewide code of ethics for public officials on Tuesday, putting to rest a yearslong debate in the Statehouse and bringing Vermont in line with a majority of other states. View story.

April

Nevada - The Nevada Supreme Court has reversed a lower court’s decision to throw out a lawsuit brought by a conservative think tank that challenged whether several sitting state lawmakers could serve while simultaneously holding public jobs. View story.

New York - The new state budget replaces New York’s troubled ethics commission with a new entity aimed at lowering the number of scandals in state government. View story.

March

New Hampshire - Policing poor behavior by New Hampshire lawmakers — on social media and in real life — is a growing problem that the Legislature is poorly equipped to handle. That was the shared takeaway of a meeting of top lawmakers and State House staff this week convened by the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee, which reported a growing number of complaints from members of the public who have had rude encounters with lawmakers. View story.