Title 21, Chapter 5, Section 4
(a) Those members serving on the State Campaign and Financial
Disclosure Commission prior to March 1, 1987, shall serve for a term
of office which expires March 1, 1987.
(b) There is created the State Ethics Commission, with such duties
and powers as are set forth in this chapter. The commission shall be
a successor to the State Campaign and Financial Disclosure
Commission in all matters pending before the State Campaign and
Financial Disclosure Commission on March 1, 1987, and may continue
to investigate, prosecute, and act upon all such matters. The
commission shall be governed by five members appointed as follows:
three members, not more than two of whom shall be from the same
political party, shall be appointed by the Governor, two for terms
of three years and one for a term of two years; one member shall be
appointed by the Lieutenant Governor for a term of four years; and
one member shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of
Representatives for a term of four years. The initial members shall
take office on March 2, 1987. Upon the expiration of a member's
term of office, a new member, appointed in the same manner as the
member whose term of office expired as provided in this subsection,
shall become a member of the commission and shall serve for a term
of four years and until such member's successor is duly appointed
and qualified. If a vacancy occurs in the membership of the
commission, a new member shall be appointed to the unexpired term of
office by the state official who appointed the vacating member.
Members of the commission shall not serve for more than one complete
term of office; provided, however, that the members of the State
Campaign and Financial Disclosure Commission serving on March 1,
1987, shall be eligible for appointment as initial members of the
State Ethics Commission.
(c) All members of the commission shall be residents of this state.
(d) Any person who:
(1) Has qualified to run for any federal, state, or local public
office within a period of five years prior to such person's
(2) Has held any federal, state, or local public office within a
period of five years prior to such person's appointment; or
(3) Serves as an officer of any political party, whether such
office is elective or appointive and whether such office exists on
a local, state, or national level
shall be ineligible to serve as a member of the commission.
(e) The commission shall elect a chairperson, a vice chairperson,
and other officers as it deems necessary. The members shall not be
compensated for their services but they shall be reimbursed in an
amount equal to the per diem received by the General Assembly for
each day or portion thereof spent in serving as members of the
commission. They shall be paid their necessary traveling expenses
while engaged in the business of the commission.
(f) A majority of the members of the commission constitutes a quorum
for the transaction of business. The vote of at least a majority of
the members present at any meeting at which a quorum is present is
necessary for any action to be taken by the commission. No vacancy
in the membership of the commission impairs the right of a quorum to
exercise all rights and perform all duties of the commission.
(g) Meetings of the members of the commission shall be held at the
call of the chairperson or whenever any two members so request.