Topic:
ETHICS CODE; LEGISLATORS; LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES;
Location:
CODE OF ETHICS; LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES;

OLR Research Report


December 19, 2007

 

2007-R-0731

LEGISLATIVE ETHICS COMMITTEES

 

By: Sandra Norman-Eady, Chief Attorney

Kristin Sullivan, Associate Analyst

 

Most state legislatures have designated committees to hear and investigate complaints alleging ethical or legislative rule violations committed by individual legislators. In the vast majority of these states, each chamber has a committee that receives and investigates complaints filed against its members. In six states, Georgia, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Ohio, the designated committees are joint committees. Four states, Illinois, New York, West Virginia, and Washington, have joint legislative ethics boards or commissions, instead of committees, that hear and investigate these complaints.

The states with no apparent legislative body to hear or investigate these complaints are: Arkansas, Connecticut, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wyoming. However, most states, like Connecticut, have state ethics commissions that have some jurisdiction over legislators' ethical conduct. For a complete list of these states and a description of the commissions' jurisdiction, visit www.ncsl.org/programs/ethics/ec_jurisdiction.htm. At least one chamber in Hawaii, North Dakota, and Texas is authorized to convene a committee but does not currently have one.

Table 1 below shows legislative committees (and commissions) by state, legislative chamber (Senate then House), type, and size. It also includes the authority responsible for appointing members to the committee or commission, the members' terms, and their responsibilities. All of the committees or commissions are bipartisan. Some states require an equal number of members from the majority and minority political party. Most members are appointed by legislative leaders. However, the California Senate Committee is appointed by the Committee on Rules, Montana's Senate committee is appointed by the Committee on Committees with the Senate's approval, and New Mexico's interim ethics committee is appointed by the Legislative Council. A couple of committees (Alaska and Nevada) and commissions (New York and Washington) have public members.

SNE:dw

TABLE: LEGISLATIVE ETHICS COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS BY STATE

State

Committee

Committee Type

Appointing Authority

Size

(Party Split)

Term

Responsibilities

Bipartisan

Standing

Ad Hoc

Alabama+

Senate Ethics and Conduct Committee (SR 48)

X

 

X

Each Senator submits 5 names, the 5 senators with the most votes serve

5 (4-1) plus at least one member from the Senate Black Caucus

4 years

Consider and, when necessary, act upon complaints of misconduct brought against an individual Senator during his or her participation in a session of the Senate or his or her participation in a standing or interim committee.

Misconduct defined as "Any conduct constituting a legal wrong that materially impairs the ability of the member to perform the duties of his or her office or substantially impairs public confidence in the Legislature”.

 

No House committee. Staff reports that complaints would go to the Internal Affairs Committee, the committee that handles parking, offices, etc.

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Alaska+

Select Committee on Legislative Ethics divided into Senate and House Subcommittees (AS 24.60)

X

X

 

Elected Officials: Leadership with concurrence of 2/3 of full membership

Public: Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court ratified by 2/3 of full membership

9 (2 senators-2-representatives and 5 public members)

Elected Officials: 2 years

Public: 3 years

Helps people understand and comply with the Legislative Ethics Code

Issues formal advisory opinions interpreting the ethics code,

Considers complaints alleging code violations and

Maintains public files of disclosure statements

Arizona

Interim Senate Ethics Committee

(ARS 38-519)

X

 

X

Senate president

5 (3-2)

 

Propose and adopt a code of ethics and conflict of interest requirements as part of rules during the first regular legislative session

Issue advisory opinions interpreting the code of ethics, conflict of interest and financial disclosure requirements

Investigate complaints and charges against members

 

Interim House Ethics Committee

(ARS 38-519)

X

 

X

House speaker

5 (3-2)

 

Propose and adopt a code of ethics and conflict of interest requirements as part of rules during the first regular legislative session

Issue advisory opinions interpreting the code of ethics, conflict of interest and financial disclosure requirements

Investigate complaints and charges against members

Arkansas+

None. A Senator who believes an ethics violation has been committed may petition the full Senate to meet publicly to conduct an investigation. The petition must be signed by a majority of the members (SR 24.08). No comparable House Rule.

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

California+

Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics

(SR 12.3)

X

X

 

Committee on Rules

6 (at least two from the 2 largest parties)

2 years

Formulate and recommend standards of conduct

Issue and annually update a user manual

Issue advisory opinions

Conduct periodic workshops

Receive and investigate complaints against members

 

Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee

(AR 22.5)

X

X

 

Speaker

6 (3-3)

2 years

receive and investigate complaints against members

Issue advisory opinions

Conduct an orientation course biannually on statutes and regulations governing official conduct

Conduct an annual orientation course on relevant ethical issues and laws related to lobbying

Colorado

Senate Committee on Ethics (SR 43)

X

 

X

Senate president appoints the majority party members from among the chairmen of committees of reference.

Minority leaders appoint minority members from members who are senior in service and experience.

5-7 members (Party representation must be proportionate to the membership)

 

Handles complaints filed against members. The Senate president consults with the majority and minority leaders when a complaint is filed. If two of the three leaders conclude the complaint is not meritorious, it is dismissed and remains confidential. If the complaint is not dismissed, a committee on ethics is appointed.

 

House Committee on Ethics (HR 49)

X

 

X

House speaker appoints the majority party members from among the chairmen of committees of reference.

Minority leaders appoint minority members from members who are senior in service and experience.

5-7 members (Party representation must be proportionate to the membership)

 

Handle complaints filed against members. The Speaker appoints the committee whenever a complaint is filed.

Connecticut+

None.

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Delaware

Senate Ethics Committee (SR 2)

X

X

 

Unspecified (Legislative librarian reports no Senate disciplinary actions; thus, no details in rules)

6

Coterminous with term of office

Unspecified

 

House Ethics Committee (HR 30)

X

X

 

Speaker appoints three members and the minority leader appoints two

5 (3-2)

2 years

Recommend to the House rules of conduct for members

Issue written advisory opinions regarding the Rules of Legislative Conduct

Investigate any alleged violation of Rules of Legislative Conduct

Report to appropriate state and federal authorities any substantial evidence of a violation

Florida+

Senate Rules Committee (SR 1.35 et seq.)

X

X

 

Senate president

23

 

The committee may adopt rules of procedure

 

House Rules and Calendar Council (maybe a Probable Cause Panel (see Responsibilities) The Speaker appoints a Select Committee on Standards of Official Conduct if the state's Ethics Commission determines that a member has violated the state code of ethics (HR 16.2 (e))

X

X

 

House speaker

19

Panel serves until the complaint is dismissed or probable cause found

Complaints are filed with the speaker, who must promptly forward them to the council. The council determines if the complaint alleges facts of more than a de minimus violation. If it does, the council sends a copy of the complaint to the speaker and requests a Probable Cause Panel or Special Investigator. The Probable Cause Panel must consist of an odd number of House members.

Georgia+

Joint Legislative Ethics Committee (Ga. Code 45-10-91 et seq.)

X

X

 

Senate president appoints 2 senators from each party and House speaker appoints two representatives from each party

10 ( 4 Senators, 4 Representatives, the Senate president, and House speaker)

2 years

Receive and investigate complaints

Issue advisory opinions

Employ staff

Prepare an annual report of activities

Hawaii+

None. The Senate president and House speaker may each appoint a special committee (SR 72 and HR 28.3)

Not specified

 

X

Senate president or House speaker as appropriate

Not specified

Unspecified

Receive and Investigate complaints after the president or speaker, as appropriate, has attempted to resolve them administratively

Idaho

Senate Committee on Ethics

X

 

X

Senate president appoints; however, minority leader must concur on 3 appointments

6 (see appointing authority)

Unspecified

Receive and investigate complaints

 

House Committee on Ethics

X

 

X

House speaker appoints majority members from among the chairs of the committees of reference and minority members from among the most senior in service and experience

7 (4-3)

Unspecified

Receive and investigate complaints

Illinois

Illinois Legislative Ethics Commission (5 ILCS 430/25-5 et seq.)

X

N/A

N/A

Top 4 legislative leaders each appoint 2

8 (4-4)

Initially staggered, then 4 years

Promulgate rules

Conduct administrative hearings

Prepare and publish manuals and guides

Appoint special Legislative Inspectors General

Indiana

Senate Committee on Ethics (IC 2-2.1-3-5)

X

X

 

Senate president appoints three majority party members and the Senate minority leader appoints minority party members

6 (3-3)

Members serve during their term in office

Receive and hear complaints

Act as an advisory body to the general assembly and to individual members

 

House Ethics Committee (IC 2-2.1-3-5)

X

X

 

House speaker appoints three majority party members and the House minority leader appoints minority party members

6 (3-3)

Members serve during their term in office

Receive and hear complaints

Act as an advisory body to the general assembly and to individual members

Iowa

Senate Ethics Committee (Iowa Code 68B.31)

X

X

 

Senate president and Senate minority leader each appoints three

6 (3-3)

Unspecified

Prepare a code of ethics at the start of each session

Prepare rules for lobbying the general assembly

Issue advisory opinions

Receive and Investigate complaints

 

House Ethics Committee (Iowa Code 68B.31)

X

X

 

House speaker and House minority leader each appoints three

6 (3-3)

Unspecified

Prepare a code of ethics at the start of each session

Prepare rules for lobbying the general assembly

Issue advisory opinions

Receive and Investigate complaints

Kansas+

Senate Select Committee (SR 77)

X

 

X

Senate president

5 (3-2)

Members serve until complaint dismissed or recommendation made to full body

Receive and investigate complaints

 

House Select Committee (HR 49)

X

 

X

House speaker

6 (3-3)

Members serve until complaint dismissed or recommendation made to full body

Receive and investigate complaints

Kentucky

State Legislative Ethics Commission (KRS 6.651 et seq.)

X

N/A

N/A

Senate president: 4

House speaker: 4

Legislative Research Commission: 1

9 (6-3)

Staggered initially, then 4 years

Administer legislative code of ethics

Receive and investigate complaints

Issue advisory opinions

Draft regulations

Prepare a list of every legislative agent and employer registered with the commission

Louisiana+

Select Committee on Discipline and Expulsion

(SR Chap. 17)

X

 

X

Senate president serves as chair, the Senate president pro tempore is vice chair, and Senate secretary is the chief administrative officer

Full Senate (39 members) except for the subject of the complaint

Members serve until complaint dismissed or recommendation made to full body

Receive and investigate complaints

 

Select Committee on Discipline and Expulsion

(HR Chap. 15)

X

 

X

House speaker serves as chair, the Speaker pro tempore is vice chair, and the House clerk is the chief administrative officer

Full House (105 members) except for the subject of the complaint

Members serve until complaint dismissed or recommendation made to full body

Receive and investigate complaints

Maine+

Committee on Conduct and Ethics (SR 201 (6))

X

X

 

Senate president

5 (At least 2 each must represent the majority and minority political parties)

Unspecified

Presumably to receive and investigate complaints

 

House Committee on Ethics (HR 201 (1)(L))

X

X

 

House speaker

8 (4-4 currently, but no provision in rules)

Unspecified

Presumably receive and investigate complaints

Maryland

Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics (Md. Code 15-509 et seq.)

X

X

 

Senate president and House speaker appoint members of their respective chambers.

12 (6 each from the Senate and House. At least one member from the Senate and one member from the House must be from the minority party)

Unspecified

Receive and investigate complaints

Massachusetts+

Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules

(SR 12)

X

X

 

Senate president pro tempore appoints 5, including the minority leader. The minority leader appoints 1.

6 (see appointing authority)

Unspecified

Receive and investigate complaints

Meet from time to time at the call of the chair to help the president and the Senate identify major issues requiring the chamber's consideration

Initiate legislation

 

House Committee on Ethics (HR 16-17)

X

X

 

House speaker appoints 7 and the House minority leader appoints 4

11 (7-4)

Unspecified

Receive and investigate complaints

Michigan

None. Complaints against senators are referred to the Committee on Government Operations and Reform (SR 1.311). No comparable House rule.

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Minnesota+

Senate Rules and Administration Committee, Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct (SR 55)

X

 

X

Presumably Senate president

4 (2-2)

 

Receive and investigate complaints

Issue advisory opinions

 

House Ethics Committee (HR, Art. 6)

X

X

 

House speaker

4 (2-2) plus 1 alternate from each caucus

Members cannot serve more than three 2-year terms

Receive and investigate complaints

Mississippi+

No Senate Ethics Committee. In addition to its other responsibilities, the Rules Committee has jurisdiction over questions of improper or unethical conduct of senators (SR 65 (9))

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

House Committee on Ethics (HR 63A)

X

X

 

House speaker appoints 1 from each Congressional district as constituted on January 1, 1996 and 1 from each Supreme Court district

8 (currently 5-3)

Coterminous with term of office

Receive and investigate complaints

Initiate investigations

Issue advisory opinions

Adopt rules of procedure

Missouri+

Senate Committee on Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics (SR 28 (13)

X

X

 

Senate president pro tem appoints members from majority party. The minority caucus determines how its members will be appointed to committees (SR 12)

7 (4-3)

Coterminous with term of office

Draft Senate rules

Report on bills and other matter referred to it relating to ethics and the conduct of public officials and employees

 

House Ethics Committee (HR 36)

X

X

 

House speaker appoints members from the majority party and the Minority leader appoints those from the minority party

8 (4-4)

Coterminous with term of office

Receive and investigate complaints

Montana+

Senate Ethics Committee (SR 30-10, 30-30, and 30-160)

X

X

 

The Committee on Committees with the Senate's approval

4 (2-2)

 

Receive and investigate complaints referred from the Rules Committee

 

House Ethics Committee (HR 20-90, 30-10)

X

X

 

House speaker appoints and determines the number of committee members

8 (4-4)

 

Receive and investigate complaints referred from the Rules Committee

Nebraska+

None

             

Nevada+

Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee (SR 40 and 44)

X

X

 

Senate majority leader

7 (no requirement)

 

Hire staff

Hear complaints on alleged breaches of ethics and conflicts of interests

Issue advisory opinions

 

Assembly Committee on Ethics (AR 23)

X

 

X

House speaker appoints 2 from majority party, minority leader appoints 1 from minority party, and the committee chooses 2 public members. The speaker appoints 2 alternates, 1 from each political party

5 (legislators (2-1))

 

Receive and investigate complaints

New Hampshire

Joint Legislative Ethics Committee

(NH RSA 14-B)

X

X

 

Senate president pro tem and House speaker each appoint 2 members, 1 from majority party and 1 public member

Senate and House minority leaders each appoint 1 member from the minority party

The 4 leaders jointly appoint one public member

7

(see appointments)

Coterminous with term of office

Issue guidance, interpretative rulings, and advisory opinions

Receive and investigate complaints

New Jersey

Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards (JR 19)

X

X

 

Senate president pro tem and House speaker

8 (4 members of the Senate, no more than two from the same political party. 4 members of the General Assembly, no more than two from the same political party)

Coterminous with term of office

Receive and investigate complaints

New Mexico

Senate Ethics Committee (SR 9-13-1)

X

 

X

Designated Members: 7 top Senate leaders and one senator from the minority party

8 (4-4)

Until complaint dismissed or otherwise disposed of

Issue advisory opinions

Interpret and enforce ethical principles

Receive and investigate complaints

 

Rules and Order of Business Committee's Subcommittee on Ethics

(HR 9-13 et seq.)

X

 

X

Not specified

Members selected from the 20-member Committee

Until complaint dismissed or otherwise disposed of

Issue advisory opinions

Receive and investigate complaints

 

Interim Legislative Ethics Committee* (NM Stat. 2-15-7 et seq.)

X

 

X

Legislative Council

16 (8-8)

Legislative interim

Receive and investigate complaints

Issue advisory opinions

New York

Joint Legislative Ethics Commission (NY Con. Laws, Legislative Laws, Art. 5 80, as amended by AB 3736, SB 2876)

X

N/A

N/A

Each of the four legislative leaders selects 2 members, 1

legislator and 1 independent member, and the fifth independent member

is selected jointly by the Assembly speaker and the Senate majority

leader

9 (Legislators: 4 (2-2); Public: 5)

Elected: coterminous with term of office

Public: First staggered, then 4 years

Receive and investigate complaints

establish a website disclosing public information

report annually on the number and treatment of complaints

North Carolina

Joint Legislative Ethics Committee (NC Code 120-99 et seq.)

X

X

 

Senate Members: president pro tem appoints 6, 3 each from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders

House Members: House speaker appoints 6, 3 each from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders

12 (6-6)

Coterminous with term of office

Prepare a list of ethical principles and guidelines that identifies potential conflicts of interest and prohibited behavior

Advise each legislative committee of specific danger areas where conflicts of interests may exist

Issue advisory opinions

Propose rules of legislative ethics and conduct

Receive and investigate complaints

North Dakota

The Joint Rules (JR 1001-1003) contain a legislative ethics policy, but there is no legislative ethics committee

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Ohio

Joint Legislative Ethics Committee ( 13 Legislative Code of Conduct)

X

X

 

Senate president and House speaker each appoints 6 members, not more than 3 each from the same political party

12 (6-6)

Coterminous with term of office

Receive and investigate complaints

Receive and review financial disclosure statements

Issue advisory opinions

Administer lobbying laws

Oklahoma+

None

             

Oregon+

Senate Special Committee on Conduct (SR 18.04)

X

 

X

Senate president appoints members of all special committees (SR 8.05)

Equal number of members from both parties (SR 18.04)

 

Receive complaints and investigate allegations of improper conduct

 

The House does not have an ethics committee; however there is a Committee on Sexual Harassment (House Res. 1), and a Guidelines Committee appointed by the speaker to offer guidance on the rules' gift and favors ban (HR 19.60)

             

Pennsylvania+

Senate Committee on Ethics and Official Conduct (SR XXXV)

X

 

X

Senate president pro tem; however, minority members appointed on the recommendation of the minority leader

6 (3-3)

 

Receive and investigate complaints

 

House Committee on Ethics (HR 47)

X

X

 

House speaker and minority leader each appoints 4

8(4-4)

 

Compile and distribute an ethics handbook

Plan and offer ethics education programs

Receive and investigate complaints

Rhode Island+

None

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

South Carolina

Senate Ethics Committee (S.C. Code Ann. 8-13-510 et seq.)

X

X

 

Senators choose their own committee assignments and are selected based on seniority

10 (5-5)

Coterminous with term of office

Consider and report on legislation concerning ethics

Receive and investigate complaints

Take testimony and subpoena evidence

Administer or recommend appropriate sanctions

Act as an advisory body to the General Assembly and to individual members of or candidates for the Senate on questions pertaining to disclosure and filing requirements

 

House Ethics Committee (S.C. Code Ann. 8-13-510 et seq.)

X

X

 

Members of the House elect members to this committee

6 (3-3)

Coterminous with term of office

Consider and report on legislation concerning ethics

Receive and investigate complaints

Take testimony and subpoena evidence

Administer or recommend appropriate sanctions

Render advisory opinions with regard to legislative ethics upon the request of any member, officer, or employee of the House

Compile and make available to the House a compilation of the principles set forth in the advisory opinions

South Dakota

Senate Select Committee on Discipline and Expulsion

(SR 8-1 et seq.)

X

 

X

Senate president. He or she consults with the majority and minority leaders on all appointments except the chair and vice chair, who must be from different political parties.

9 (5-4)

Duration of investigation

Investigate the conduct of a member after the committee is established by majority vote in the Senate

Conduct hearings with the ability to subpoena witnesses and evidence and administer oaths

Produce a report recommending an action to expel, censure, discipline, or exonerate

 

House Select Committee on Discipline and Expulsion

(HR 6-1 et seq.)

X

 

X

House speaker. He or she consults with the majority and minority leaders on all appointments except the chair and vice chair, who must be from different political parties.

9 (5-4)

Duration of investigation

Investigate the conduct of a member after the committee is established by majority vote in the House

Conduct hearings with the authority to subpoena witnesses and evidence and administer oaths

Produce a report recommending an action to expel, censure, discipline, or exonerate

Tennessee

Senate Ethics Committee

(SR Art. IV 1 to 7)

X

X

 

Speaker of the Senate

5 (3-2)

Not specified

Enforce the Code of Ethics

Recommend to the Senate Rules Committee changes to the code

Render advisory opinions concerning the code and the statutes

Receive and investigate complaints with the authority to subpoena witnesses and evidence, administer oaths, and take testimony

Recommend appropriate disciplinary action to the Senate

If warranted, turn evidence and findings over to the appropriate district attorney general for civil or criminal action

 

House Ethics Committee (HR 6)

X

X

 

House speaker

12 (6-6)

Not specified

Receive and investigate complaints

Texas+

None. Senate may establish a committee to investigate legislators' conduct (Tex. Gov't Code Ann. 301.017)

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

House General Investigating and Ethics Committee (Tex. Gov't Code Ann. 301.017, HR 3-17 and 4-2)

X

X

 

House speaker appoints all five members and designates the chair and vice-chair

5 (speaker appoints a maximum of one-half the members, exclusive of the chair and vice-chair; the remainder are determined by seniority)

Begins with

appointment and ends when the next

regular session convenes

The committee has jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to the conduct of, and ethical standards applicable to, state and local government officers and employees.

Utah

Senate Ethics Committee (JR 6.2.101)

X

X

 

Senate president appoints chair and three members; Senate minority leader appoints co-chair and three members

8 (4-4)

2 years

Receive and investigate complaints with the ability to subpoena witnesses and evidence and take testimony

Recommend disciplinary action including censure, expulsion, denial or limitation of powers or privileges, or any other appropriate action

 

House Ethics Committee (JR 6.2.101)

X

X

 

House speaker appoints chair and three members; House minority leader appoints co-chair and three members

8 (4-4)

2 years

Receive and investigate complaints with the ability to subpoena witnesses and evidence and take testimony

Recommend disciplinary action including censure, expulsion, denial or limitation of powers or privileges, or any other appropriate action

Vermont

None

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Virginia

Senate Privileges and Elections Committee (SR Art. VI 18(h) and Art. VIII 20)

X

X

 

Members are elected, where practicable.

15 (based on the majority-minority ratio in the Senate)

Coterminous with term of office

Consider matters concerning elections; conflicts of interest; elected officeholders; and reprimand, censure, or expulsion of a senator, among other things

Review and report in cases involving financial disclosure statements

Recommend disciplinary actions where appropriate

Determine and report on all matters referred by the Senate Ethics Advisory Panel

Conduct hearings upon receiving a referral from the Senate Ethics Advisory Panel or a resolution seeking the reprimand , censure, or expulsion of a member

 

House Standards of Conduct Subcommittee (subcommittee of Rules Committee)

(HR 23 and 24)

X

X

 

Chair of Rules Committee appoints subcommittee members from among Rules Committee members

4 (2-2)

 

Review members' statements of economic interests and consider their requests for advisory opinions with respect to the propriety of current or proposed actions

 

House Privileges and Elections Committee (HR 18(h))

X

X

 

House speaker

22 (based on the majority-minority ratio in the House)

 

Consider and report on legislation

Receive and investigate complaints brought against members

Recommend disciplinary actions to the House to enforce standards of conduct for members

Washington

Joint Legislative Ethics Board (Wash. Rev. Code 42.52.310-320)

X

X

 

Legislative members: Senate president and House speaker

Non-legislative members: the governor and other non-legislative members of the board whose terms are not expired

4 legislative members (2-2)

5 non-legislative members(3-2)

Legislative members: 2-year terms

Non-legislative members: one 5-year term

Receive and investigate complaints with respect to members and legislative employees

Conduct ethics training

Issue advisory opinions

Establish criteria regarding appropriate civil penalties for different ethics violations

West Virginia+

Joint Commission on Special Investigations (W. Va. Code 4-5-1 et seq.)

X

N/A

N/A

Senate president appoints senators and House speaker appoints delegates

10 total:

5 senators (3-2)

5 delegates (3-2)

Coterminous with term of office

Investigate the state's purchasing practices and procedures

Determine if any criminal or civil statutes relating to purchasing are necessary to protect the expenditure of money

Investigate or examine any matter involving conflicts of interest, bribery of state officials, or malfeasance, misfeasance or nonfeasance in office by any state employee or officer

Determine whether any criminal or civil statutes have been violated at any level of state government; and whether to recommend criminal prosecution or civil action

Report to the legislature and propose legislation

Wisconsin+

No Senate committee

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Assembly Special Committee on Ethics and Standards of Conduct (AR 21)

X

 

X

Speaker

6 (3-3)

For duration of the hearing or hearings

Upon the referral of a resolution by the Assembly to reprimand, censure, or expel a member, hold one or more hearings

Make a recommendation for action to the assembly, including a written report

Wyoming

None

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

*The commission convenes only during legislative interims only

+States with State ethics agencies that have at least some jurisdiction of legislators' ethical conduct.