Ethics Committees: Internal Oversight of Ethics Laws

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Published March 2008

“The restoration of public trust is one of the objectives of ethics reform practically everywhere,”
says Alan Rosenthal, professor of public policy at Rutgers University. In response to this growing
concern, state legislators are passing stricter ethics laws for themselves and lobbyists. To ensure that
these laws are respected, legislatures establish ethics committees, ethics commissions or a combination of both to provide oversight. Legislatures in 47 states have oversight committees to allow quick action when an ethics violation occurs.

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