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Legislative Board of Ethics Advisory Opinions

Pursuant to § 24-18-113, C.R.S., there is a board of ethics for the general assembly that consists of four legislative members. Upon written request of a member of the general assembly, the board of ethics issues advisory opinions concerning issues relating to the requesting member's conduct and the provisions of article 18 of title 24, C.R.S., "Standards of Conduct".

Board Members

Senator Leroy Garcia
Senator Bob Gardner
Representative Jeff Bridges
Representative Kevin Van Winkle

Advisory Opinion 2006 - No. 1: Conflict of Interest
QUESTION: What advice would the Ethics Board of the General Assembly give to a legislator faced with questions about his or her vote on a bill appropriating moneys for a grant program that subsequently benefitted a nonprofit organization of which the legislator was a paid director?

Advisory Opinion 2006 - No. 2: Conflict of Interest: Non-profit Organizations
QUESTION: What advice would the Ethics Board of the General Assembly give to a legislator faced with the question of whether serving in an unpaid fiduciary position on the board of a non-profit organization creates a conflict of interest for purposes of House Rule 21 (c) or Senate Rule 17 (c) in voting for or advocating legislation that may directly impact the finances of non-profit entities generally or a specific non-profit organization, if the legislator does not receive any direct and unique financial benefit from the non-profit entity or entities?

Advisory Opinion 2008 - No. 1: Conflict of Interest:  Contractual Relationship with State Entity
QUESTION: What advice would the Ethics Board of the General Assembly give to a legislator faced with the question of whether his or her position as a principal of a private business that has a contractual relationship with a state entity creates a conflict of interest for purposes of House Rule 21 (c) or Senate Rule 17 (c) in voting for or advocating legislation that directly impacts the finances of the state entity but does not result in the legislator receiving any direct financial benefit through his or her business's contract with the state entity?