March 08, 2021

Ethics 2000 Commission Rules of Procedure

  1. Open Meetings

All meetings at which the Commission makes decisions (tentative or final) on proposed rules, comments, or similar substantive documents or recommendations are open. The Commission may, however, act on such matters from time to time by teleconference, videoconference, electronic or written communication.

2. Executive Session

The Commission may decide from time to time to convene in Executive Session to discuss personnel or other administrative matters. Executive Sessions are normally confined to voting members of the Commission. In the discretion of the Chair, the Board of Governors' liaison, the Commission staff, and the Reporters may be invited. The Commission may decide to invite any other person to attend an Executive Session. A time will normally be set aside for Executive Sessions at the regularly scheduled meetings of the Commission.

3. Conduct of Meetings

The Chair, subject to the approval of the Commission, shall determine the time, place and the agenda for meetings of the Commission. The Chair shall recognize persons wishing to speak at meetings, giving voting members of the Commission priority in recognition.

4. Advisory Council

Members of the Advisory Council will normally receive the following: reasonable notice of meetings of the Commission; agendas; schedules; Commission's work plan; minutes of meetings; drafts of rules (including comments or similar substantive documents or recommendations) that the Commission has decided are ready for comment by the Advisory Council; Rules of Procedure of the Commission; a copy of written public hearing submissions; list of Commission members, ABA liaison, reporters and staff; and a list of Advisory Council members. Upon request of any member of the Advisory Council, the staff may furnish additional material, in the discretion of the Chair. The Commission will schedule meetings from time to time with the Advisory Council.

5. Public Hearings

The Commission will schedule public hearings from time to time. Testimony and submissions from the public at such hearings are welcome (time permitting) but the Commission will give priority to those submitting written material in advance of hearings.