State Ethics Commission

The State Ethics Commission is an independent state agency that administers and enforces the provisions of the conflict of interest law and financial disclosure law.


State Ethics Commission issues reminder about restrictions on gifts

With many wishing to express appreciation to public employees such as public safety personnel and first responders during the current public health emergency, the State Ethics Commission reminds state, county, and municipal employees that accepting certain gifts may be prohibited by law. In general, public employees may not accept gifts or discounts worth $50 or more that are given because of their public position or because of an official act. For example, an individual firefighter could not accept a $50 gift card given as thanks for responding to an emergency. Gifts given to a public agency for the agency’s use, rather than gifts given to individual public employees, do not generally violate the conflict of interest law.

Read the full announcement about restrictions on gifts to public employees. 

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The State Ethics Commission serves the public by fostering integrity in government. The independent agency provides free advice to all public employees on the conflict of interest law, and civilly enforces this law. You can contact the Commission to obtain legal advice, file a complaint, obtain a statement of financial interest or conflict of interest law disclosure form, or complete statutory conflict of interest law requirements.

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