About The Ohio Ethics Commission

The Ohio Ethics Commission promotes ethics in public service to strengthen the public's confidence that Government business is conducted with impartiality and integrity. The Commission was established as part of the Ohio Ethics Law in 1973.

The Ethics Law, effective January 1, 1974, created new ethical standards for public officials and employees by: requiring personal financial disclosure; creating new restrictions upon unethical conduct with criminal sanctions; and establishing uniform review of ethics issues by statewide commissions of the three branches of government. The Commission has jurisdiction over Ohio's Executive Branch that is for all public officials and employees at the state and local levels of government, except legislators, judges, and their staffs.

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