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 Ethics Advice

Persons who are subject to the provisions of the Ethics Act may request a formal written advisory opinion from the Ethics Commission as to whether an action or proposed action violates either the Ethics Act or W. Va. Code § 61-10-15 (“Pecuniary interest of county and district officers, teachers and school officials in contracts; exceptions; offering or giving compensation; penalties.”) The request must be in writing and must be made by a person subject to the Ethics Act. Advisory Opinions are made public, but the name of the person requesting the Opinion is kept confidential.

Requests for Advisory Opinions are addressed at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Ethics Commission. The Commission meets on the first Thursday of each month and rules upon Advisory Opinion requests during public meetings. Please see section on Advisory Opinions for more detailed information. 

The Commission’s legal staff provides informal advice on the meaning and application of the Ethics Act. Anyone may contact the Ethics Commission staff by telephone, letter, email or by appointment, to obtain confidential advice on the meaning and application of the Ethics Act.

The Ethics Commission staff may be contacted through email at or by telephone at (304)558-0664 or toll free at 1-(866)558-0664; email:  



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