How State Ethics Reforms Won Big In 2018

By Amber Maltbie and Anna Stolarz (December 20, 2018, 1:59 PM EST) -- Voters considered a number of major policy initiatives by ballot measure in this year's midterm elections, including reforms on cannabis legalization and regulation, payday lending, redistricting and Medicaid expansion. And ethics reform measures that expanded or tightened ethics rules for public officials and lobbyists were on the ballot in five states — with all but one of them passing.

Two of these states approved constitutional amendments creating an ethics commission to provide execution and oversight of these reforms. The dates on which these measures go into effect varies considerably across the jurisdictions.

Florida and Missouri Limit Lobbyist Influence

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