- SC House member expects to pay off ethics fines by fall Updated: May-05-15 5:03 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina Rep. Harold Mitchell said Tuesday he expects to pay off more than $16,000 in ethics fines by September.
- Top NY lawmaker clings to power after corruption charges Updated: May-05-15 3:46 pm
ALBANY, New York - The leader of the New York state Senate is holding onto power following corruption charges even as some fellow Republicans say he should step down as leader to avoid a political distraction.
- Pence signs bill tightening Indiana's state ethics laws Updated: May-04-15 4:23 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Mike Pence has endorsed an overhaul of state ethics laws that requires greater financial disclosure by lawmakers and expressly prohibits elected officials from using state resources for political purposes.
- Florida legislators push bills tied to their private jobs Updated: May-03-15 12:28 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - During the recently-concluded legislative session, Senate President Andy Gardiner constantly warned about the threat to the state's hospitals if they were to lose more than $1 billion that now comes from the federal government.
- Texas House to probe dispute over witness list Updated: May-02-15 4:46 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas House ethics committee will investigate after a Democratic lawmaker accused a Republican colleague of padding the witness list for a bill the GOP member supported and had him removed from a committee meeting.
- Lobbyists spend big on ads, with mixed results Updated: Apr-30-15 5:17 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Political advertising works to convince people how to vote, but does it influence how politicians vote once they get in office?
- DHS No. 2 regrets perception of favoritism in visa cases Updated: Apr-30-15 3:20 pm
WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas steadfastly defended his work on three foreign-investor visa cases while testifying before a House committee Thursday, following allegations that he used his post to help well-connected Democrats.
- Washington lawmaker facing ethics violations resigning Updated: Apr-29-15 9:29 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - A state representative is resigning this week following allegations of falsified travel expense forms, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the House chief clerk.
- 20 arrested at NC Legislature protesting GOP's policies Updated: Apr-29-15 9:07 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Twenty people are facing trespassing and other charges after members of the "Moral Monday" movement disrupted the North Carolina Senate and House on Wednesday to protest Republican policy priorities.
- Democrats avoid clashes in Pennsylvania Supreme Court forum Updated: Apr-29-15 8:29 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Five Democrats seeking nominations for an unprecedented three open seats on the state Supreme Court stuck to their campaign scripts on Wednesday, avoiding clashes with each other as they fielded questions at a candidates' forum.
- Senate Ethics Committee fines House member $6K Updated: Apr-28-15 7:03 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The Senate Ethics Committee has publicly reprimanded the chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus and fined him $6,000.
- Kenya: Court orders government to register gay rights group Updated: Apr-27-15 3:35 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenyan judges on Monday ordered a government agency to register a human rights group representing the country's gay people.
- Siena poll: Voters aren't convinced by NY ethics changes Updated: Apr-27-15 10:35 am
ALBANY, New York - A poll suggests New York voters aren't impressed with government ethics rules adopted by lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo in an effort to combat Albany corruption.
- SC legislators face looming deadline for bills' passage Updated: Apr-26-15 11:01 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina's House and Senate will be busy this week trying to meet a legislative deadline. Bills that haven't advanced from one chamber to the other by Friday have little chance of becoming law this year.
- Ethics commission questions name of some Kansas PACs Updated: Apr-23-15 12:07 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Secretary of State Kris Kobach's political action committee might have to change its name to meet state ethics requirements and another PAC connected to former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius could face a similar problem, the executive director of the state's ethics commission said.
- Ethics board reaffirms vote on US Open tickets for lawmakers Updated: Apr-21-15 8:04 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - A Washington state ethics board has reaffirmed a vote from earlier this year that allows lawmakers to receive free tickets to the U.S. Open golf tournament without violating state rules limiting gifts to legislators.
- Baldwin's former staff member files ethics complaint Updated: Apr-20-15 6:37 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A former deputy state director for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin filed an ethics complaint against the Wisconsin Democrat on Monday, saying Baldwin unfairly faulted her for mishandling reports of problems at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center.
- Ethics Commission weighing how to administer lobbying law Updated: Apr-18-15 5:26 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Some Arkansas Ethics Commission members are questioning how they will administer a new law restricting their ability to investigate elected officials who accept gifts from lobbyists.
- Lawmakers approve $100 per year gift cap Updated: Apr-17-15 6:56 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia lawmakers passed new gift limits Friday that will make it much more difficult for them to be wined and dined by deep-pocketed lobbyists.
- New Mexico senator who resigned in ethics probe gets pension Updated: Apr-17-15 2:44 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A state senator who resigned last month amid an ethics probe will get a pension of more than more than $1,300 a month.
- Florida ethics panel: Rivera deserves fine, reprimand Updated: Apr-17-15 10:34 am
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - A Florida government commission says former U.S. Rep. David Rivera broke the state ethics law while he was in the state Legislature and should pay nearly $60,000 fines and penalties.
- Gov. Jindal vehemently defends religious objections bill Updated: Apr-16-15 7:01 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday gave a full-throated defense of a divisive religious objections bill that critics say could sanction discrimination against same-sex couples in Louisiana
- Hubbard defense claims prosecutorial misconduct Updated: Apr-15-15 10:12 pm
OPELIKA, Alabama - Lawyers for indicted Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard on Wednesday tried to buttress claims that the case against the powerful Republican was tainted by politics by having a radio host and a legislator describe calls they got from a lead prosecutor in the case.
- Lawmaker allowed to work with lobbyists under ethics code Updated: Apr-14-15 1:47 pm
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - State ethics rules don't prohibit a state representative from forming a law firm with two other attorneys who are registered legislative lobbyists, the Rhode Island Ethics Commission found on Tuesday.
- Texas agency to no longer give ringside seats to lawmakers Updated: Apr-13-15 4:43 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is ending its practice of giving ringside seats to boxing matches and other combative sporting events to lawmakers and agency employees.