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--Advisory Opinion issued:  The Ethics Commission issued Advisory Opinion 2016-18 on Dec. 1. To view the Opinion, click here.

 --2017-2018 Lobbyist Registrations:    Registration of lobbyists for the January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018, registration cycle has begun.  Current lobbyists were sent information through their email address on file with the Ethics Commission.  The Lobbyist Registration Statement and Employer Representation/Authorization forms will be available on this website on December 1 under "Lobbyist Information" and then under "Registration."  Currently registered lobbyists who have not completed their training for the 2015-2016 registration cycle will not be allowed to register for the 2017-2018 registration cycle.  Questions should be directed to Lobbyist Registrar Teri Anderson at or at (304)558-0664.

​--Lobbyists must complete training by Dec. 31:  Lobbyists who have not completed at least one lobbyist training course for the 2015-2016 registration period must complete a course by December 31 or face suspension of their lobbyist registration.  Suspended lobbyists will not be allowed to register to lobby for the 2017-2018 registration cycle if they have not completed their training for the 2015-2016 registration cycle.  Lobbyists may fulfill the statutory training requirement by viewing a training video on the Ethics Commission’s website at and submitting a Lobbyist Training Verification Form to the Commission.

--Financial Disclosure Statements:  On January 3, 2017, the Ethics Commission will begin accepting completed Financial Disclosure Statements from public officials and employees required to file them.  Completed forms will be due on February 2, 2017.  For more information, click here.  

 --Name/likeness/“trinkets” statute and Advisory Opinions: The 2016 Legislative changes to the Ethics Act's limitations on a public official’s or employee’s use of his/her name or likeness on items purchased with public funds went into effect on June 10, 2016.  To view a summary of the provisions, click here.    To view two Advisory Opinions which interpret the 2016 statute, click here.  

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