Rhode Island Code of Ethics Overview

Rhode Island Constitution

Article III, Section 7.
The people of the State of Rhode Island believe that public officials and employees must adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct, respect the public trust and the rights of all persons, be open, accountable and responsive, avoid the appearance of impropriety, and not use their position for private gain or advantage. Such persons shall hold their positions during good behavior.

Article III, Section 8.
The general assembly shall establish an independent non-partisan ethics commission, which shall adopt a code of ethics including, but not limited to, provisions on conflicts of interest, confidential information, use of position, contracts with government agencies and financial disclosure. All elected and appointed officials and employees of state and local government, boards, commissions and agencies shall be subject to the code of ethics. The ethics commission shall have the authority to investigate violations of the code of ethics and to impose penalties, as provided by law, and the commission shall have the power to remove from office officials who are not subject to impeachment.

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