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State Board of Ethics

The State Ethics Board has jurisdiction under the State Ethics Act to evaluate the ethical conduct of executive branch state employees and public officers appointed by the Governor or other executive officials. Section 2 of the act defines unethical conduct as a violation of one of seven standards.

The Board does not have jurisdiction over the following:

  • State employees outside the state civil service in the legislative or judicial branch.

  • State elected officials.

  • Employees and officials in other public jurisdictions (cities, counties, school districts, etc.)

  • Private-sector employees, attorneys, and healthcare professionals.

The board's rules provide a complaint process over conduct of covered employees or public officers in accordance with the standards on conflicts of interest in the act. The rules also allow appointing authorities and employees to request advisory opinions on potential conflicts with the standards of conduct. Information on filing complaints and requesting advisory opinions is available at rules 15.5 and 15.6, respectively, available through the link below.

State Board of Ethics Decisions and Advisory Opinions Database

  • The public may access the database through a MiLogin Third Party account. New users must create an account. View the MiLogin Help Page for help creating an account.
  • State employees with a MiLogin Worker account whose duties require access to decisions and advisory opinions may request access through the internal or external portals. An explanation of business need may be required to permit access. State employees may also create a third-party account for non-work use.

How to get access to the State Board of Ethics Decisions and Advisory Opinions Database
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Upcoming Board of Ethics Meeting Schedule

March 7, 2024 Canceled
June 6, 2024 Canceled
September 5, 2024
December 5, 2024

Board meeting begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Capitol Commons Center, Lower Level
Conference Rooms A & B, 400 South Pine Street, Lansing, Michigan 48933.

Board Members
Catherine McClure, Chair (term expires February 7, 2027)
Carlos A. Escurel (term expires February 7, 2025)
Reverend Leslee J. Fritz (term expires February 7, 2027)
James L. Liggins, Jr. (term expires February 7, 2028)
Anne Mervenne (term expires February 7, 2028)

Afia S. Phillips (term expires February 7, 2025)
Taharah Saad (term expires February 7, 2028)

Ex Officio Members
John Gnodtke, State Personnel Director
Dana Nessel, Attorney General

Executive Secretary
Kurt Weiss

Contact Information

Executive Secretary
State Board of Ethics
400 South Pine Street
P.O. Box 30002
Lansing, MI 48909
517-284-0125
Email: ethicsboard@mi.gov