AN ACT TO CLARIFY THE LEGISLATIVE ETHICS COMMITTEE'S INVESTIGATIVE PROCEDURES AND TO MAKE OTHER TECHNICAL CHANGES AS RECOMMENDED BY THE LEGISLATIVE ETHICS COMMITTEE. Enacted June 19, 2013. Section 2 is effective January 1, 2007, and applies to advisory opinions issued by the Legislative Ethics Committee on or after that date. The remainder is effective June 19, 2013.
Summary date: Jun 24 2013 - More information
Bill S 156 (2013-2014)Summary date: Jun 4 2013 - More information
House committee susbtitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Amends GS 120-103.1(c)(4b), making a clarifying change.
Bill S 156 (2013-2014)Summary date: Feb 28 2013 - More information
Identical to H 172, filed 2/27/13.
Amends GS 120-103.1, giving the Legislative Ethics Committee (Committee) authority to initiate investigation proceedings after receiving a signed and sworn allegation of unethical conduct by a legislator. Adds new subsection GS 120-103.1(a2), requiring the Committee to immediately issue written notice, after receving a complaint, referral of a complaint, or beginning an inquiry on its own motion, to the legislator who is the subject of the allegation. Amends GS 120-103.1(c), establishing that the Committee must begin an investigation of complaints or referrals of complaints, received while the General Assembly is in Regular Session, within 10 business days. Complaints or referrals received at any other time require the Committee to begin investigation within 20 business days of receipt. Also requires Committee to make a recommendation, without further investigation, to the house in which the legislator who is the subject of the complaint is a member, if it is determined that the Committee does not have jurisdiction over the alleged conduct, but if true, the conduct could be unethical. Amends (c1) to allow the Committee to extend the amount of time of the preliminary investigation if Committee does not have sufficient information to dismiss the complaint or proceed with further investigaion. Adds new subsection GS 120-103.1(h2), providing formal authority to the Committee to issue private admonishment without a hearing.
Amends GS 120-104(e), giving authority to the Committee to interpret GS 120, Article 14 (Legislative Ethics Act) as it applies to legislators, except the Lieutenant Governor. Effective January 1, 2007, and applies to advisory opinions issued by the Committee.
Makes technical and clarifying changes.
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