Ethical Guidelines for Boards and Commissions

On May 27, 2008, Governor Beshear issued Executive Order 2008-454 establishing certain ethical standards for members of policy-making and regulatory boards and commissions. These standards were issued to insure that board and commission members who serve in the public sector are accountable to the people of the Commonwealth. The ethical guidelines in the executive order do not subject board and commission members to all provisions of the Executive Branch Code of Ethics contained in KRS Chapter 11A. The ethical standards that do apply to board and commission members specifically relate to the prohibition against self dealing, the obligation to disclose in writing or in the minutes of a meeting a direct or indirect interest, and gift acceptance provisions. The original executive order was amended to include additional boards and commissions not listed in the original order (see Executive Order 2009-882).