Ethics Committee, North Carolina House of Representatives

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The Ethics Committee is a standing committee of the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Per Section 26 of the House Rules, committees of the North Carolina House of Representatives are assigned by the Speaker of the House.[1] Before assigning members of committees and subcommittees, The Speaker shall consult with the Minority to consider members' preferences.[2] The rules do not specify when or how often committees are assigned. The Speaker shall have the right to appoint the chair and vice-chair of each standing committee.[1] Vacancies in a committee or subcommittee may not be filled by the Speaker after April 15 except to fill vacancies caused by resignation, death, removal or the inability to serve.[3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Resolution 54


Ethics Committee Investigations Into Violations of the Open Meetings Law.
(a) On its own motion, or in response to signed and sworn complaint of any individual filed with the Standing Committee on Ethics, the Committee shall inquire into any alleged violation by members of the House of the Open Meetings Law (Article 33C of Chapter 143 of the General Statutes), as the same may be amended in the future.
(b) If, after such preliminary investigation as it may make, the Committee determines to proceed with an inquiry into the conduct of any individual, the Committee shall notify the individual as to the fact of the inquiry and the charges against the individual and shall schedule one or more hearings on the matter. The individual shall have the right to present evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and be represented by counsel at any hearings.
(c) After the Committee has concluded its inquiries into the alleged violations, the Committee shall dispose of the matter by taking one of the following actions:
(1) Dismiss the complaint and take no further action.
(2) Issue a private letter of reprimand to the legislator, if the legislator unintentionally violated the provisions of the Open Meetings Law.
(3) Issue a public letter of reprimand if the violation of the Open Meetings Law was intentional or if the legislator has previously received a private letter of reprimand. The Chair of the Committee on Ethics shall have the public letter of reprimand spread on the pages of the House Journal.
(4) Refer the matter to the House for appropriate action.[4][5]



The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Ethics Committee Members, 2013
Democratic members (7)Republican members (7)
Becky Carney, ChairJulia C. Howard, Chair
Deborah K. Ross, Vice ChairMitchell S. Setzer, Vice Chair
Alma AdamsMarilyn Avila
William D. BrissonJames L. Boles, Jr.
Jean Farmer-ButterfieldRayne Brown
Darren G. JacksonChuck McGrady
Henry M. Michaux, Jr.Sarah Stevens



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