|1. In order to strengthen the confidence of the people of North Dakota in their
government, and to support open, ethical, and accountable government, the North
Dakota ethics commission is hereby established.
2. The ethics commission may adopt ethics rules related to transparency, corruption,
elections, and lobbying to which any lobbyist, public official, or candidate for public
office shall be subject, and may investigate alleged violations of such rules, this
article, and related state laws. The ethics commission shall maintain a confidential
whistleblower hotline through which any person acting in good faith may submit
relevant information. The legislative assembly shall provide adequate funds for the
proper carrying out of the functions and duties of the commission.
3. The ethics commission shall consist of five members, appointed for four-year terms
by consensus agreement of the governor, the majority leader of the senate, and the
minority leader of the senate. No member of the ethics commission may hold other
public office or be a lobbyist, candidate for public office, or political party official.