Skip to main content
InSITE: Listing

Volume: 8 Number: 8

Title: Center for Ethics in Government

Source/Sponsoring Agency: National Conference of State Legislatures. Center for Ethics in Government


Date Checked: 1/10/2003      Status: Active

Date Annotated: 1/19/2003

Topics: Politics; Professional Ethics

Other keywords: Campaign Finance; Legislation; State and Local Government

Contents: The Center for Ethics in Government is a bipartisan nonprofit organization, a division of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Its website has a collection of materials on ethics for state and federal legislators, with an emphasis on the state level. A database of state ethics laws connects to each state's legislative website, in some cases directly to the text and in others simply to the senate/assembly home page. Areas of concern include campaign finance, gifts, lobbying, and financial disclosure. In addition, there are websites of each state's ethics commission, directories of ethics committees, rules committees, and similar bodies. Briefing papers are found on the "Eye on Ethics" section. The news section links to lengthy analyses and commentaries from other websites on non-legislative ethical issues of current interest (the corporate world, homeland security and surveillance). Legislators and staff, or other subscribers, may register for access to special content, including directories of state legislatures, state statutes, full-text publications, and a rules and procedures database. This may be helpful for legislative staff who are working specifically in this area, but much of this material can be found elsewhere on the Internet and in print sources. However, this website as a whole should certainly be examined by new staff, and is excellent for comparative study or drafting of model rules.

Author of Annotation: A. Carson

Last Modified: 6/20/2012