State Ethics & Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest Law for Municipal Employees

Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2009, the ethics reform law, imposed new mandatory education and training requirements on all public employers and public employees. The law authorized the State Ethics Commission to establish procedures to implement and ensure compliance with these requirements. The new requirements can be summarized as follows: Every state, county, and municipal employee must be given a summary of the conflict of interest law prepared by the Ethics Commission and must complete an online training program prepared by the Commission. Every municipality must designate a liaison to the Commission. All records of compliance with these requirements must be retained for 6 years.