State Ethics

Our state affiliates are watchdogs for tightening and enforcing ethical standards in statehouses across the country. Here are a few examples.

Common Cause New York's persistent calls for a thorough investigation of sexual harassment allegations against state Assemblyman Vito Lopez led to Lopez's resignation in 2013 and sparked a drive to reform the way the Assembly handles future cases.

Common Cause Georgia is leading the Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform, a coalition that has found common ground between progressives and Tea Party activists in the campaign for tougher ethics laws in the Peach State. Our lobbying in 2012 and '13 helped spark passage of a landmark law limiting gifts lobbyists may give to public officials.

Colorado Common Cause led the successful drive to pass Amendment 41, which created an independent state ethics commission to enforce ethical standards for all state employees and elected officials.
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1. Our proposed disclosure legislation has passed the Senate FOUR times (the last three unanimously), as well as all House committees in prior years. This bill will overhaul the current law to bring it in line with both recent constitutional...

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January 9, 2017

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