The Executive Branch Ethics Commission's enabling statute is embodied in Kentucky Revised Statute Chapter 11A. The laws setting out the Code of Ethics are contained in Kentucky Revised Statute Chapter 11A and Title 9 of the Kentucky Administrative Regulations, as well as Executive Order 2008-454 and its amendment, Executive Order 2009-882.
The Executive Branch Code of Ethics created by Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) Chapter 11A, effective July 14, 1992, establishes the ethical standards that govern the conduct of all executive branch employees. The code of ethics was enacted to promote public confidence in the government of the Commonwealth and its employees. The Executive Branch Ethics Commission, authorized by KRS 11A.060, is an independent agency of the Commonwealth which has been given the responsibility of administering and enforcing the provisions of the code of ethics.
We invite you to report suspected violations of the Executive Branch Code of Ethics by telephoning us at 1 800-664-7954, e-mailing the Commission's Executive Director at: John.Steffen@ky.gov.
Function and Mission
The mission of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission is to promote the ethical conduct of elected officials, officers and other employees in the executive branch of state government. The Commission seeks to fulfill its mission through:
- administering a program of training and education on the code of ethics;
- providing guidance to state employees concerning their ethical conduct;
- enforcing the provisions of the code of ethics;
- interpreting the code of ethics through the issuance of advisory opinions;
- registering executive agency lobbyists; and
- recommending legislation to the General Assembly.
The office of the Commission reviews and houses records for public inspection including:
- statements of financial disclosure required of elected officials, candidates and certain state employees;
- executive agency lobbyists registration statements;
- gift disclosure statements; and
- the day to day public record of the Commission.
The Commission’s staff provides state employees, executive agency lobbyists and the public with information, guidance and training aimed at promoting ethical conduct of executive branch employees.