- State Officers & Employees
Okla. Const. art. XXIX, § 3 requires the Oklahoma Ethics Commission to promulgate rules of ethical conduct for campaigns for elective state office and rules of ethical conduct for state officers and employees, which includes setting civil penalties for violation of these rules. Okla. Const. art. XXIX, § 3. The Ethics Commission also has enforcement authority over Campaign Finance and Financial Disclosure for counties, certain municipalities, Independent School Districts and Technology Center Districts under 74 O.S. §4262, SB 1745 (2014). Okla. Const. art XXIX, §4(B).
Ethics Rule 6 sets out the procedures for investigating and prosecuting violations of these laws, as provided by Okla. Const. art. XXIX, §4. Rule 6.1. The Ethics Commission has the authority to investigate possible violations of the Rules and enforce its Rules by civil lawsuit or settlement agreements. Okla. Const. art. XXIX, §4. The Executive Director is also authorized to issue compliance orders for compliance fees to obtain compliance with these rules. Rule 6.19.