The Independent Ethics Commission assists government employees, public officials, businesses, and citizens by providing ethics guidance under the authority of Article XXIX of the Colorado Constitution, as well as other ethics laws. Who makes the request determines which form the advice takes.
- Advisory Opinion: A written opinion by the IEC addressing more specific ethics issues in response to a written request by someone who is a public officer, member of the General Assembly, or government employee on a specific factual question. These opinions are provided as guidance issued in advance of an event.
- Letter Ruling: A written opinion by the IEC addressing ethics issues in response to a written request by a person who is not a public officer, member of the General Assembly, local government official, or government employee on a specific factual situation. These rulings are issued in advance of an event.
- Position Statements: An IEC-initiated written statement addressing broad ethics issues, which provides general guidance for public officers, members of the General Assembly, local government officials, government employees, and members of the public. Position Statements may be issued either before or after an event.
Past IEC decisions may be referenced by date or general topic, using the Opinions menu to the left. If you have any questions regarding a particular decision or how the index works, please contact the IEC at 720.625.5697.
Information on these pages is presented as an informational reference service only and should not be relied upon as an official record of action, legal position, or legal advice.