Ethics

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

Welcome to Fair Season and the 164th Ohio State Fair!

Once again, fair season has arrived! As we enter this fun part of summer, it is important to keep in mind from whom you are receiving fair passes. A pass to a county or to the Ohio State Fair is … Continue reading

JLEC identifies more than $55,000 in unreported lobbying expenditures

Office of the Legislative Inspector General reviewing lobbying Activity & Expenditure Reports Lobbyists and employers of lobbyists must file lobbying Activity & Expenditure Reports with the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee/Office of the Legislative Inspector General three times annually. The OLIG … Continue reading

2017 National Conference Guidance

Looking for guidance concerning attendance at meetings of national organizations to which Ohio pays membership dues? You’re in luck.  The 2017 National Conference Guidance is now available.