Joint Legislative Ethics Committee, Ohio State Legislature

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The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee is a joint committee of the Ohio General Assembly.

Per Ohio Revised Code Title 1, Section 101.34, members of the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee are assigned by the Speaker of the House and by the President of the Senate. Members of the committee are appointed within fifteen days of the first day of the two-year regular session of the general assembly. The committee shall be composed of twelve members, six from each major political party. The Speaker of the House shall appoint six members, three from each political party, and the President of the Senate shall appoint six members, with no more than three members from each political party. The Speaker and the President shall fill any vacancies that occur from their respective chambers as necessary. Members shall serve on the committee for the duration of their term as a member of the general assembly. In the first regular session of each general assembly, the Speaker shall appoint the chairperson from among the house members of the committee, and the President shall appoint the vice-chairperson from among the senate members of the committee. In the second regular session, the President shall appoint the chairperson from the among the senate members of the committee, and the Speaker shall appoint the vice-chairperson from among the house members of the committee.[1]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Ohio Revised Code Title 1, Section 101.34

Function

The function of the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee is as follows:[1]

  • Shall recommend a code of ethics that is consistent with law to govern all members and employees of each house of the general assembly and all candidates for the office of member of each house;
  • May receive and hear any complaint that alleges a breach of any privilege of either house, or misconduct of any member, employee, or candidate, or any violation of the appropriate code of ethics;
  • May obtain information with respect to any complaint filed pursuant to this section and to that end may enforce the attendance and testimony of witnesses, and the production of books and papers;
  • May recommend whatever sanction is appropriate with respect to a particular member, employee, or candidate as will best maintain in the minds of the public a good opinion of the conduct and character of members and employees of the general assembly;
  • May recommend legislation to the general assembly relating to the conduct and ethics of members and employees of and candidates for the general assembly;
  • Shall employ an executive director for the committee and may employ other staff as the committee determines necessary to assist it in exercising its powers and duties. The executive director and staff of the committee shall be known as the office of legislative inspector general. At least one member of the staff of the committee shall be an attorney at law licensed to practice law in this state. The appointment and removal of the executive director shall require the approval of at least eight members of the committee.
  • May employ a special counsel to assist the committee in exercising its powers and duties. The appointment and removal of a special counsel shall require the approval of at least eight members of the committee.
  • Shall act as an advisory body to the general assembly and to individual members, candidates, and employees on questions relating to ethics, possible conflicts of interest, and financial disclosure;
  • Shall provide for the proper forms on which a statement required pursuant to section 102.02 or 102.021 of the Revised Code shall be filed and instructions as to the filing of the statement;
  • Adopt, in accordance with section 111.15 of the Revised Code, any rules that are necessary to implement and clarify Chapter 102. and sections 2921.42 and 2921.43 of the Revised Code.

The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee recommends a legislative code of ethics that governs all members, employees and candidates of the general assembly. The Ohio House and Senate adopt the code for each legislative session. The Joint Legislative Code of Ethics dictates member and staff conduct, financial disclosure requirements, voting abstention, compensation, confidential information, staff use, separation of funds and honoraria and testimonials.[1]

The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee serves as the ethics advisory committee for Ohio’s legislative branch of government. The bipartisan committee carries out its mission through the Office of the Legislative Inspector General (“OLIG”). The focus of the OLIG is to provide legal advice and guidance to prevent ethics violations.

The OLIG is responsible for lobbying compliance relative to attempts to influence legislation, executive agency decisions, and the investment decisions of the five state retirement systems. The majority of OLIG resources are dedicated to working with Ohio’s more than 1,500 lobbyists to ensure a transparent and lawful lobbying process.[2][3]

Membership

2013-2014

Joint Legislative Ethics Senate Members, 2013-2014
Democratic members (3)Republican members (3)
Joe SchiavoniKeith Faber
Capri CafaroLarry Obhof
Eric KearneyScott Oelslager


Joint Legislative Ethics House Members, 2013-2014
Democratic members (3)Republican members (3)
Tracy Maxwell HeardWilliam G. Batchelder
Mike AshfordMatt Huffman
Debbie PhillipsGerald L. Stebelton

2011-2012

See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ohio Laws and Rules, "101.34 Joint legislative ethics committee - fund.," accessed February 13, 2014(Ohio Revised Code Title 1, Section 101.34 (a))
  2. Ohio General Assembly, "Joint Legislative Ethics Committee," accessed January 30, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.