Introduction to the Ethics Act
The West Virginia Ethics Commission was established in 1989 to administer the West Virginia Governmental Ethics Act (W. Va. Code § 6B-1-1, et seq.)
The Commission is an independent, bipartisan board consisting of nine citizen members who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the West Virginia State Senate. Current Commission Members
The Commission holds monthly meetings that are open to the public. The date, time, place and agenda of each meeting are posted on the Commission’s website. Meetings and Agendas
The Ethics Commission administers the Ethics Act by educating public servants covered by the Act, providing information to the public, interpreting and applying the provisions in the Act, and enforcing the requirements of the Act through an investigation and complaint process.
In addition to administering the Ethics Act, the Commission’s staff answers questions from governing bodies and the public. The Commission also provides Advisory Opinions on the meaning and application of the Open Governmental Meetings Act.
The Commission’s Administrative Law Judge Committee issues Advisory Opinions relating to the ALJ Code of Conduct and also enforces the Code through an administrative process for adjudicating complaints filed against ALJs.
The Ethics Commission also administers the registration and reporting requirements for lobbyists and collects Financial Disclosure Statements which certain public servants are required to file annually.