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Ethics in Government Law

The Mississippi Ethics Commission administers Title 25, Chapter 4, Mississippi Code of 1972, known as the Ethics In Government Act: Article 1, Mississippi Ethics Commission and Article 3, Conflict of Interest and Improper Use of Office. The Commission also enforces Section 109, Miss. Constitution of 1890, quoted below, which forms the historic foundation of Mississippi's Ethics in Government Laws.

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There are eight basic prohibitions contained in Mississippi's Ethics in Government Laws:

  • Board Member Contracts (Section 109, Miss. Const. of 1890, and Section 25-4-105(2), Miss. Code of 1972)
  • Use of Office (Section 25-4-105(1), Miss. Code of 1972)
  • Contracting (Section 25-4-105(3)(a), Miss. Code of 1972)
  • Purchasing Goods and Services (Section 25-4-105(3)(b), Miss. Code of 1972)
  • Purchasing Securities (Section 25-4-105(3)(c), Miss. Code of 1972)
  • Insider Lobbying (Section 25-4-105(3)(d), Miss. Code of 1972)
  • Post Government Employment (Section 25-4-105(3)(e), Miss. Code of 1972)
  • Insider Information (Section 25-4-105(5), Miss. Code of 1972)

Section 109, Miss. Const. of 1890: Public Officer Interest in Contracts Prohibited

No public officer or member of the legislature shall be interested, directly or indirectly, in any contract with the state, or any district, county, city, or town thereof, authorized by any law passed or order made by any board of which he may be or may have been a member, during the term for which he shall have been chosen, or within one year after the expiration of such term.