Contact Information

Kathryn H. Gabhart, 
Executive Director
Executive Branch Ethics Commission
#3 Fountain Place
Frankfort KY 40601

(502) 564-7954


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First "Outstanding Ethics Officer Award" presented  
to Katherine  Rupinen, 
Kentucky Retirement 


"Livingston Taylor Ethics  Award"  presented to House Representative Tanya Pullin 

LivingstonTaylorEthicsAwardRecipientPressRelease Pullin.pdf


Misty Dugger Judy appointed General Counsel for Executive Branch Ethics Commission

Next Meeting

Monday, January 11, 2016  10:00 a.m.  

Cut-Off Date for submitting Advisory Opinion Requests is Monday, December 28, 2015


Upcoming Ethics Training 

Open Ethics Training

Thursday, January 7, 2016 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.    KSU Government Services    Center

Ethics Officer Training

Thursday, November 19, 2015 9:30 am to 11:45 am Transportation Cabinet, Mero Street

Make-up Session: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Personnel Board Meeting Room #28 Fountain Place


Employer / Real Party Fee Payment

Each Employer of one or more lobbyists, and each Real Party in Interest, must pay a registration fee of $125. Click here to pay your Registration Fee.



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:

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.