Ethics

2018 Expenditures Made for the Benefit of a Member-Elect

Questions about whether expenditures made for the benefit of a Member-Elect are reportable? Please see the JLEC Memorandum regarding reporting requirements.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 614-728-5100.

Post Employment Disclosure Statement – R.C. 102.021

All state elected officials and employees who filed a financial disclosure statement and are leaving state service¹ must file a Post Employment Disclosure Statement (PED) with the OLIG². This requirement is NOT applicable to board and commission members. An initial … Continue reading

Lists of Currently Registered Lobbyists and Employers of Lobbyists

In accordance with R.C. 101.78, 121.68 and 101.98, no later than 10/31/2018, the Office of the Legislative Inspector General is required to distribute a list of lobbyists and their employers who are registered with the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee. To … Continue reading

JLEC Advisory Opinion 2018-001

The Joint Legislative Ethics Committee issued Advisory Opinion 2018-001 on September 10, 2018. The Committee advises the following: Ohio law prohibits legislators and legislative employees from accepting travel expenses from a legislative agent (lobbyist) in the form of transportation in … Continue reading

2018 National Conference Guidance

JLEC’s 2018 National Conference Guidance is now available! Don’t forget to review lobbying expenditure reporting requirements for expenditures associated with meetings/conferences of a National Organization to which any state agency or political subdivision pays membership dues.

Upcoming Fair Season

As we enter the heart of fair season, please remember fair passes are a thing of value.  While an individual pass to the State fair or your local county fair may not exceed $25, attending multiple days, or accepting multiple … Continue reading

Prohibition on receiving gifts of cash or the equivalent of cash from lobbyists

The calendar for the month of June is filled with weddings and other celebratory events. This is a good opportunity to remind Members and legislative staff of the prohibition on accepting a gift of cash or the equivalent of cash … Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guidance Has Arrived

The Holiday season is upon us. Remember, JLEC is available to answer questions regarding holiday gifts, receptions, or the giving of various cookies, fruit baskets, and other assorted treats. The 2017 Holiday Gift Guidance is now available.

National Conferences Meals & Beverages

As a general reminder, Members and legislative employees are prohibited from accepting more than $75, aggregated per calendar year in meals and beverages from a legislative agent. Meals and beverages provided by a legislative agent to a Member while attending … Continue reading

Dublin Irish Festival

The 30th Annual Dublin Irish Festival will take place Friday, August 4 – Sunday, August 6, 2017. The following guidance concerns reporting requirements for lobbyists and employers of lobbyists who provide tickets to the Festival to Members of the General … Continue reading