Introduction to the Ethics Act
The West Virginia Ethics Commission was established in July 1989 to administer the West Virginia Governmental Ethics Act, which was passed in a Special Session of the West Virginia Legislature in January 1989. (W. Va. Code § 6B-1-1, et seq.) W. Va. Code will open in a new window
The Commission is an independent, bipartisan board consisting of twelve citizen members, appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the West Virginia State Senate. Commissioners serve staggered five-year terms. Current Commisson 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, their members and the public. The Commission also provides advisory opinions on the meaning and application of the Open Meetings Act or Sunshine Law through its Committee on Open Governmental Meetings.
The WV Ethics Commission’s Committee on Standards of Conduct for Administrative Law Judges answers questions from ALJs by issuing advisory opinions to them relating to the Rules on Standards of Conduct. It 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. The Commission collects financial disclosure reports which certain public servants are required to file annually.