Tough Calls: States Tailor Ethics Oversight

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Published January 2007

State legislatures pass ethics laws to govern the behavior of themselves and other public officials. To make sure these laws are followed, states and territories have established oversight mechanisms or entities to handle questions of legislators’ ethical conduct. These ethics oversight mechanisms also often give the public a way to file ethics complaints when a violation is suspected. Because each state independently passes its own ethics laws and rules, the scope and procedures for handling ethics complaints or violations vary.

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