Ethics laws are designed to preserve the public’s trust in its public institutions and those who serve in them by setting a framework to guide conduct and behavior. This guide discusses several types of ethics laws and principles and their important role in public service.
A key question for local agencies is the degree to which ethical standards influence decision-making by both the agency and individuals within the agency. The Institute for Local Government and International City/County Management Association have developed a tool to assist agencies in answering this question.
This two-part article by Institute volunteer attorney Dan Purnell explains the regulatory tools some local agencies have used to create more transparency relating to efforts to persuade local decision-makers.