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Ethics & Lobbying Education

The following information applies to public servants, legislators, legislative employees, and ethics liaisons. For information on lobbying education and awareness presentations for lobbyists and lobbyist principals, click here.

Mandatory Education. The State Ethics Commission provides mandatory ethics and lobbying education for public servants, legislators, legislative employees and ethics liaisons. Topics covered include:

  • Filing a Statement of Economic Interest (“SEI”)
  • Monitoring and avoiding conflicts of interest
  • The gift ban and its exceptions
  • Prohibition on use of public position for private gain
  • Lobbying and how it affects individuals covered by the State Government Ethics Act

Ethics education is the primary way individuals subject to the State Government Ethics Act are made aware of their public duties and responsibilities as well as the consequences for violating the ethics laws.

Who Must Participate

  • Public Servants & Ethics Liaisons. All public servants and ethics liaisons are required to attend a Commission-approved basic ethics and lobbying education presentation within six (6) months of the person's election appointment, or employment and attend a refresher presentation at least every two (2) years thereafter.
  • Legislators & Legislative Employees. The Commission, jointly with the Legislative Ethics Committee, makes mandatory ethics education and lobbying presentations to all legislators within two (2) months of the legislator assuming his or her office. Legislative employees must also participate in ethics education within three (3) months of employment and attend a refresher at least every two (2) years.
  • Education Presentations & Schedule. Ethics and lobbying education presentations for public servants and ethics liaisons are offered online and live at Raleigh-only and distance education sites. Completing an online presentation or attending a live session meets either the basic or refresher mandatory education requirements.

    Ethics education for legislators is conducted in live sessions. Legislative employees may participate in ethics education online through the General Assembly.
  • Consequences for Failure to Attend. Failure to attend an ethics and lobbying education presentation is a violation of the State Government Ethics Act and may result in the individual being recommended for removal from his or her public position or disciplined in his or her State job.

Contact Information

For Education related questions, contact:
State Ethics Commission
Phone: (919) 715-2071
E-mail: Education.Ethics@doa.nc.gov