Policy Analysis | January 2008

Budgets and the Staff Sizes of Southern States' Ethics Commissions

Mikko Lindberg

Agency Members / Commissioners Staff (FTE) General Fund Appropriation (FY 2007)
Alabama Ethics Commission 5 (t) 13 (s) $1,373,223 (a)
Arkansas Ethics Commission 5 (u) 9 (b) $630,232 (b)
Florida Commission on Ethics 9 (v) 22.5 (v) $2,700,494 (c)
Georgia State Ethics Commission 5 (x) 19 (y) $1,606,602 (d)
Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission 5 (aa) 6 (aa) $435,000 (e)
Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission 9 (f) 5 (f) $377,200 (f)
Louisiana Ethics Administration 11 (bb) 18 (bb) $1,465,348 (g)
Maryland State Ethics Commission 5 (dd) 9 (cc) $612,201 (h)
Mississippi Ethics Commission 8 (ee) 8 (z) $556,049 (i)
Missouri Ethics Commission 6 (ff) 20 (j) $1,162,669 (j)
North Carolina State Ethics Commission * 8 (gg) 3 (k) $224,818 (k)
Oklahoma Ethics Commission 5 (hh) 7 (hh) $504,039 (l)
South Carolina State Ethics Commission 8 (ii) 11 (n) $472,824 (o)
Tennessee Ethics Commission 5 (jj) 7 (p) $469,100 (p)
Texas Ethics Commission 8 (kk) 35 (q) $1,714,085 (q)
West Virginia Ethics Commission 10 (ll) 5.5 (w) $700,000 (w)
Average 6.8 11.8 $937,743


* North Carolina's current staff size is 6, and their general fund appropriation for FY 2008 is $740,610. (m)

Virginia is not included in the table because it does not have an ethics commission


(a) State of Alabama, Executive Budget, 2007-2008.

(b) 2005-2007 Biennial Budget: Actions of the 85th General Assembly, Arkansas.

(c) Crist / Kottkamp Administration Fiscal Year 2007-08 Budget Recommendations, Florida.

(d) Budget in Brief / AFY07-08, Governor's Office of Planning and Budget, Georgia.

(e) 2006-2008 Budget of the Commonwealth, Office of State Budget Director, Kentucky.

(f) Telephone conversation with Tom Hampton, Budget Director, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky.

(g) State Financial Plan: Fiscal Year 2006-2007, Office of Planning and Budget, Louisiana.

(h) Summary of Operating Budget Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2007. Maryland Department of Budget & Management.

(i) State of Mississippi Budget, Fiscal Year 2007: Appropriations Made by the Legislature for Fiscal Year 2007 Compared with Fiscal Year 2006 Appropriations.

(j) Fiscal Year 2008 Department Budget Requests, Office of Administration Book 2, Missouri.

(k) 2006-2007 Revised Certified Budget (BD-307). North Carolina.

(l) FY-2008 Executive Budget, Oklahoma.

(m) 2007-2009 Certified Budget (BD-307), North Carolina.

(n) Number of Employees by Agency, South Carolina Budget Control Board.

(o) Appropriations by Agency, South Carolina Budget Control Board.

(p) The Budget, Fiscal Year 2007-2008. State of Tennessee.

(q) Senate Bill 1 (General Appropriations Act), 79th Legislature, State of Texas.

(s) Email correspondence with Alabama Ethics Commission.

(t) Alabama Ethics Commission web page: <http://www.ethics.alalinc.net/contact.cfm>.

(u) Arkansas Ethics Commission web page: "About the Commission" <http://www.arkansasethics.com/>.

(v) Annual Report to the Florida Legislature for the Calendar Year 2006, State of Florida Commission on Ethics.

(w) Governor's FY 2008 Executive Budget--Volume II Operating Detail, West Virginia.

(x) Georgia State Ethics Commission web page: <http://www.ethics.ga.gov/EthicsWeb/references/commission.aspx>.

(y) Email correspondence with Jennifer Ward, HR/Budget Administrator, State Ethics Commission, Georgia.

(z) Email correspondence with Mississippi Ethics Commission.

(aa) Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission web page: <http://ethics.ky.gov/MEMBERS.HTM>.

(bb) Louisiana Ethics Administration web page: <http://www.ethics.state.la.us/general/index.html>.

(cc) Maryland State web page: <http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/25ind/html/35ethicb.html>.

(dd) State of Maryland, State Ethics Commission web page: <http://ethics.gov.state.md.us/commiss.htm>.

(ee) Mississippi Ethics Commission wep page: <http://www.ethics.state.ms.us/ethics/ethics.nsf/webpage/A_commission_info?OpenDocument>.

(ff) Missouri Ethics Commission web page: <http://www.moethics.mo.gov/Ethics/GeneralInfo/MECInfo.aspx>.

(gg) North Carolina State Ethics Commission web page: <http://www.ethicscommission.nc.gov/comembers.htm>.

(hh) Oklahoma Ethics Commission web site: <http://www.ethics.state.ok.us/>.

(ii) South Carolina State Ethics Commission web page: <http://ethics.sc.gov/aboutus/Commission/Commissioners.htm>.

(jj) Tennessee Ethics Commission web page: <http://www.state.tn.us/sos/tec/members.htm>.

(kk) Texas Ethics Commission web page: <http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/tec/commissioners.htm>.

(ll) West Virginia Ethics Commission web page: <http://www.wvethicscommission.org/genInfo.htm>.