Introduction to the Ethics Act
The West Virginia Ethics Commission was established in 1989 to administer the West Virginia Governmental Ethics Act (W. Va. Code §§ 6B-1-1 through 6B-3-11)
The Commission is an independent, nonpartisan board consisting of nine citizen members who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the West Virginia State Senate. Current Commission Members
The Commission holds monthly meetings which are open to the public. Meeting agendas are posted on the Commission's website on the Friday before the meeting. Meetings and Agendas
The Ethics Commission interprets and enforces the Ethics Act through an investigation and complaint process. The Commission’s staff also answers oral and written questions from governing bodies and the public concerning the Ethics Act.
The Ethics Commission’s Committee on Open Governmental Meetings issues Advisory Opinions which interpret the Open Governmental Meetings Act, but it does not have jurisdiction to enforce the Open Governmental Meetings Act.
The Commission’s Administrative Law Judge Committee issues Advisory Opinions relating to the ALJ Code of Conduct and adjudicates complaints filed against Administrative Law Judges.
The Ethics Commission also administers the registration and reporting requirements for lobbyists, collects Financial Disclosure Statements which certain public servants are required to file annually, and makes disclosures of "interested parties" to certain contracts available on its website. (Click here for listing of disclosures.)