Legislative Ethics Committee

The Alaska Legislature

Under the authority set out in Article II of the Alaska State Constitution, the legislature established the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics to administer the Legislative Ethics Act, AS 24.60.

The Select Committee on Legislative Ethics is responsible for:

· Helping people understand and comply with the Alaska Legislative Ethics Act,
· Issuing formal advisory opinions interpreting the Ethics Act,
· Considering complaints alleging violations of the Act and
· Maintaining public files of disclosure statements

The Select Committee on Legislative Ethics:

The Ethics Committee has nine members: two senators, two representatives and five public members. The committee is divided into a House Subcommittee and a Senate Subcommittee for the purpose of considering most complaints. Elected officials, who serve two-year terms, are appointed by the leadership of the appropriate body with the concurrence of two-thirds of the full membership of that house. The public members, who serve a three-year term, are selected by the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court and ratified by two thirds of the full membership of the legislature.

MemberTerm Expires

SENATOR Cathy Giessel, Anchorage

       Alternate Member:  Senator Anna Fairclough

2013-Jan 2015

Legislator, Senate Majority

Legislator, Senate Majority

SENATOR Berta Gardner, Anchorage

        Alternate Member:  Senator Hollis French

 

2013-Jan 2015

Legislator, Senate Minority

Legislator, Senate Minority

REPRESENTATIVE Andy Josephson - Anchorage

        Alternate Member:  Representative Chris Tuck

 

2013-Jan 2015

Legislator, House Minority

Legislator, House Minority

REPRESENTATIVE Charisse Millett, Anchorage

        Alternate Member: Rep. Craig Johnson 

 

2013-Jan 2015

Legislator, House Majority

Legislator, House Majority

DENNIS “SKIP” COOK, Anchorage

2012 - Jan 2015

Attorney
Non-Partisan

H. CONNER THOMAS, Vice Chair, Nome

2013 - Jan 2016

Attorney
Democrat

HERMAN G. WALKER, JR., Anchorage

2012 - Jan 2015

Attorney
Non-Partisan

GARY J. TURNER, Chair, Soldotna

2013- Jan 2016

Administrator
Republican

JANIE LEASK, Anchorage

2013- Jan 2016

Retired
Non-Partisan

Alternate Public Member
Christena “Tena” Williams, Ketchikan

 

 

Who is covered by the Legislative Ethics Act?

The requirements and prohibitions in the Legislative Ethics Act apply to legislators, most employees of the legislative branch, and the public members of the Ethics Committee. The committee does not have jurisdiction over state employees who work in the Alaska State Government Executive Branch.

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How the committee operates:

The Ethics Committee office is located in Anchorage. The committee meets on an “as needed” basis. Inquiries should be directed to the office and not to individual members. The committee is staffed by an administrator. The committee chair is the spokesperson for the committee and can be reached through mail, email, fax, or phone. Contact information is available on the main page of this site.

Hours of Operation:

The office is staffed Monday through Friday.  Your comments and inquiries are appreciated.  However, staff may not be able to respond to all inquiries the same day.

 

STAFF to the SELECT COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATIVE ETHICS

REGGIE DRUMMOND, Committee Administrator

Administrator responsibilities include:

  • Provide administrative support to the nine member committee
  • Issue informal advice*
  • Answer questions about the Ethics Act
  • Prepare and distribute a bi-monthly newsletter
  • Receive and review all required disclosures
  • Investigate complaints
  • Provide mandatory yearly training for legislators and staff on ethics issues and compliance
  • Publish advisory opinions and public decisions
  • Maintain the Ethics website
  • Prepare and produce a yearly Standards of Conduct Handbook
  • Monitor and recommend Ethics legislation
  • Work closely with the Alaska Public Offices Commission

LINDA LEIGH, Administrative Assistant

* Individuals subject to the Ethics Act and members of the public may request informal advice about the Ethics Act from the Ethics Committee staff. The request may be by phone, mail, email or fax. The response will be in writing if requested. Although staff advice is given in good faith, it does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the members of the Ethics Committee and it is not binding on the committee. Informal advice is cleansed of all identifying information and reviewed by the Ethics Committee at their next meeting. Only individuals subject to the Ethics Act may request a formal, binding advisory opinion pursuant to AS 24.60.160. See Advisory Opinions web page.

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