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Mandatory Training

The Public Ethics Law requires new financial disclosure filers to receive two (2) hours of Ethics training within six (6) months of being required to file. The training will cover all areas of the Public Ethics Law but will focus on conflict of interest and standards of conduct. Failure to complete the mandatory training requirement may result in referral of the matter to the agency head for disciplinary action as that authority deems appropriate . Additionally, the State Ethics Commission may publish on its web site the names of those individuals who have not completed the mandatory training.

Online Training

The easiest way to complete training is online. This is accomplished via the Commission’s Electronic Disclosure Filing System using the same account in which you file your financial disclosure statement. Please DO NOT create another account if you have one already. Once logged in, you will discover that the training link is located below “History” on the upper left side of the screen. Be sure to finish the entire training session to obtain a certificate and to ensure the training requirement is met and recorded by the Commission. You can stop the training at the END of any chapter and return to the point you stopped to view the remaining chapters when you log in again. The training should take at least 1½ to 2 hours to complete.

Training Classes

If you prefer, the Commission offers training classes throughout the year. If you are interested in attending a class please reserve a seat in an upcoming class by completing a registration form and faxing it to the Commission at 410-260-7746.

Topics Covered in Conflict of Interest Training

  • History of the Public Ethics Law
  • Purpose of the Public Ethics Law
  • Conflict of Interest Provisions
  • Participation and Recusal Requirements
  • Secondary or Outside Employment Restrictions
  • Limitations on Financial Interests
  • Post Employment Restrictions
  • Gift Prohibitions
  • Prohibition Against Use of Prestige of Office
  • Use of Confidential Information
  • Prohibition Against Participation in Procurement
  • Prohibition Against Lobbying
  • Financial Disclosure Provisions
  • Lobbying Registration, Reporting and Conduct Requirements
  • Local Government Ethics Law Requirements
  • Advice Programs
  • Enforcement Program and Sanctions