Ethics Bill

This legislation establishes an independent state Ethics Commission. It prohibits legislators, statewide office holders, and executive officers from becoming lobbyists for one year after leaving office. It imposes restrictions on no-bid contracting and related campaign contributions involving statewide candidates/office holders.

It requires financial disclosures for legislative and statewide candidates and also for executive officers. It requires the creation of a state code of ethics. And, it also requires each municipality to adopt a conflict of interest policy for all its elected officials, appointees and employees.

While considered by many only a modest step forward, this legislation, nonetheless, helps to provide the public assurances of transparency, integrity and propriety.

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