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--Financial Disclosure Statements: Persons who hold or will hold the following positions as of February 1, 2019, must file a Financial Disclosure Statement with the Ethics Commission before February 1, 2019:
     • All elected state and county officials, members of county boards of education and all county school board superintendents;
     • Members of state boards, commissions and agencies who are appointed by the Governor;
     • State Executive Branch Cabinet secretaries, commissioners, deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners, directors, deputy directors, and department heads, and
     • Candidates in Charleston and Fairmont municipal elections.
To file online, click here. To file a paper form, click here for the form.
Those who have filed a Disclosure previously will receive an email from the Ethics Commission with instructions on how to file. Click here for frequently asked questions regarding Financial Disclosure Statements.

--Advisory Opinions issued:  The Ethics Commission and its Committee on Open Governmental Meetings issued three Advisory Opinions on January 3. To view the Opinions, click here.

--2018 Annual Report:  To view the Ethics Commission's 2018 Annual Report, click here.

--Lobbyist Registration: Lobbyists may now register for the 2019-2020 registration cycle. Lobbyists must complete a Payment Cover Sheet, a Lobbyist Registration Statement, and Employer Representation/Authorization forms for each employer or entity represented. Click here for these forms. Contact Lobbyist Registrar Teri Anderson at (304) 558-0664 or at Teri.L.Anderson@wv.gov with any questions.

--Lobbyist reports due January 15: All lobbyists registered in West Virginia are required to submit Lobbyist Activity Reports for the September 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018, reporting period by January 15, 2019. Failure to file activity reports by January 15 will result in a fine of $10 for each business day the report is late up to a maximum of $250.

 --Disclosure of “interested parties” to contracts:  Business entities which have been awarded certain types of contracts with a state agency must submit to the state agency a disclosure of “interested parties” to the applicable contract. The Ethics Commission accepts completed disclosure forms ONLY from state agencies. To download the form, click here.  To view the statute which went into effect on June 8, 2018, click here.  Questions regarding the statute should be directed to the contracting agency.  To view Disclosures which have been filed with the Ethics Commission, click here. 

--Lobbyist Directory:  To view the West Virginia Lobbyist directory, click here.