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05/13/2014
Commission Meeting May 20, 2014

The Tennessee Ethics Commission will meet on Wednesday, May 20, 2014, for a regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. (CDT) in Suite 104 of Parkway Towers, located at 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee.

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01/09/2014
iLobby and Conflict Maintenance

iLobby (lobbyist registration system) and Conflict (Statement of Interest filing system) will be unavailable for most of the weekend (January 11 and 12) due to server maintenance by the State of Tennessee. Sorry for the inconvenience.

01/07/2014
Ethics Training

The annual ethics training for members of the General Assembly will be conducted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Training for Senate members begins at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. for House members. Lobbyists can receive credit for the 2014 lobbyist ethics training by attending either session. You must sign in with a Bureau staff member in front of either chamber to receive credit.

01/02/2014
Commission Meeting January 8, 2014

The Tennessee Ethics Commission will meet on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, for a regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. (CDT) in Suite 104 of Parkway Towers, located at 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee.

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06/21/2013
Employer of Lobbyist Expenditure Report due August 14, 2013

Beginning July 1, 2013, employers of lobbyists may begin filing the semi-annual expenditure report. The report is due by August 14, 2013 and must be filed electronically at https://apps.tn.gov/ilobby/. The report covers the period January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013.

For user name and password assistance, call the Help Desk at 615-313-0300. For questions regarding the report, call the Bureau office at 615-741-7959.
05/06/2013
Commission Meeting May 13, 2013

The Tennessee Ethics Commission will meet on Monday, May 13, 2013, for a regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. (CDT) in Suite 104 of Parkway Towers, located at 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee.

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04/02/2013
Ethics Commission releases 2012 Annual Report

Ethics Commission 2012 Annual Report

02/25/2013
Commission Meeting March 4, 2013

The Tennessee Ethics Commission will meet on Monday, March 4, 2013, for a regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. (CDT) in Suite 104 of Parkway Towers, located at 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee.

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01/07/2013
Ethics Training

The annual ethics training for members of the General Assembly will be conducted on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 9:45. Lobbyists can receive credit for the 2013 lobbyist ethics training by attending this session. You must sign in with a Bureau staff member in front of the House chamber to receive credit.

01/02/2013
Employer of Lobbyist Expenditure Report Due February 14, 2013

Employers of lobbyists may begin filing the semi-annual expenditure report. The report is due by February 14, 2013 and must be filed electronically at https://apps.tn.gov/ilobby/. The report covers the period July 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.

For username and password assistance, call the Help Desk at 615-313-0300. For questions regarding the report, call the Bureau office at 615-741-7959.

12/12/2012
2013 Statement of Interest Filing

Electronic filing for 2013 Conflict of Interest filers (located elected officials, planning commission members, and certain state officials – non-general assembly) will begin January 1, 2013.

Go to online filing: https://apps.tn.gov/conflict/

12/12/2012
2013 Lobbyist and Employer of Lobbyist Registration

Beginning December 14, 2012, lobbyists and employers of lobbyists may register for 2013. For more information, email the Commission at ethics.counsel@tn.gov or call 615-741-7959.

Information for 2013 Registration

08/02/2011
Commission Meeting August 09, 2011

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06/13/2011
Commission Meeting June 17, 2011

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04/01/2011
Employer of Lobbyist Expenditure Report Due May 15, 2010

Beginning April 1, 2011, employers of lobbyists may file the semi-annual expenditure report. The report is due by May 15, 2011 and must be filed electronically at https://apps.tn.gov/ilobby/. The report covers the period October 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011.

11/11/2010
Employer of Lobbyist Expenditure Report Due November 14, 2010

For the six-month period, April 1st-September 30, each employer of a lobbyist shall electronically file with the ethics commission the employer disclosure report. T.C.A. §3-6-303.

For username and password help, please call our helpdesk at (615) 313-0300.

11/05/2010
Commission Meeting November 10, 2010

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11/01/2010
Commission Meeting November 9, 2010

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Commission Meeting August 31, 2010

The Tennessee Ethics Commission will meet on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 for a regularly scheduled meeting.  The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. (CDT) in Suite 104 of Parkway Towers, located at 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee. 

6/07/2010

Commission Meeting June 14, 2010

The Tennessee Ethics Commission will meet on Monday, June 14, 2010 for a regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. (CDT) in Suite 104 of Parkway Towers, located at 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee.

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5/20/2010

Commission Meeting May 26, 2010

The Tennessee Ethics Commission will meet on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 for a regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting will begin at 9 p.m. (CDT) in Suite 104 of Parkway Towers, located at 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee.

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3/30/2010

Important News for Employers of Lobbyists

Beginning April 1, 2010, Employers of Lobbyists may file the semi-annual expenditure report. The report is due by May 15, 2010 and must be filed electronically at www.tennesseeanytime.org/ilobby. The report covers the period October 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010.

2/08/2010 Re-scheduled for Monday, March 1, 9am(C).  The hearing will be conducted at the Bureau office at 404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 104, Nashville, Tennessee.
12/03/2009

Gift Threshold

Pursuant to T.C.A. §3-6-305(b)(8)-(10), the gift threshold has been adjusted to $53 by the Commission to compensate for a raise in the Consumer Price Index. This adjustment was effective January 31, 2009.

12/03/2009

2010 Lobbyist and Employer of Lobbyist Registration

Beginning December 15, 2009, lobbyists and employers of lobbyists may register for 2010. For more information, email the Bureau at ethics.counsel@tn.gov or call 615-741-7959
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8/17/2009

August 20, 2009 Commission Meeting

The meeting will take place August 20, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. (CDT) at Suite 104 of Parkway Towers, located at 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee.

 

7/21/2009

July 27, 2009 Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance Meeting

The meeting will take place July 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) Suite 104 of Parkway Towers, located at 404 James Robertson Parkway.

 
5/27/2009

June 3, 2009 Commission Meeting

The meeting will take place June 3, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. (CDT) at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

 
5/18/2009

2009 Random Audit of Lobbyists

The following lobbyists were randomly selected for the 2009 audit of lobbyists by the Tennessee Ethics Commission at the May 18, 2009 meeting:

Dale Allen
James William Brown
Lindsay Craig
Eddie Davidson
John Farris
Jack Fosbinder
Leslie Hafner
Herbert Hilliard
Steve Mitchell
Margaret Morrison
Claude Presnell
Roxanne Reilly
Marissa Richmond
Holly Salmons
Stephen Smith
Jim Spears
Jeff Van Dyke
Alan West
Thomas Williams
3/24/2009

Online Training Now Available for Lobbyists

Lobbyists can meet their 2009 ethics training requirement online. The online training should take less than one hour. Remember, to receive credit, you must print the certificate at the end of the training, place your name on it, and submit to the Commission by mail, fax or electronically.

3/16/2009 Commision Meeting 4/6/2009

April 6th, 8:30am at the Legislative Plaza, Nashville.

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2/27/2009

Commission Meeting 3/10/2009

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1/5/2009 No Commission Meeting in January

Pending new appointments, the Commission will not be meeting in January.
12/15/2008

2009 Lobbyist and Employer of Lobbyist On-Line Registration will begin December 15, 2008 at 6:00 pm.

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12/15/2008 2009 Conflict of Interest Filing for Local Elected and certain State Officials (non-General Assembly) will begin January 2, 2009.
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12/10/2008 TEC meeting December 11, 2008
11/24/2008 11/24 and 11/25 meetings moved to Room 30, Legislative Plaza. Video Link for Meetings.
11/13/2008

November TEC Meetings. 11/24/08 at 1:00pm and 11/25/08 at 8:30am both in Room 30, Legislative Plaza. Video Link for Meetings.

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11/04/2008

Lobbyist Training

Last Lobbyist "Live" Training set for November 6th at 10a Legislative Plaza in Nashville.  Register now.

5/15/08 Notice of May 27, 2008 Commission Meeting

4/2/08

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR EMPLOYERS OF LOBBYISTS:  Employer of Lobbyist Expenditure Reports are due May 15, 2008 and must be filed electronically at iLobby.

You will need your username and password to access your account.  If you do not have your username and password, you will have the option to retrieve this information on the login page of the ilobby application. You must complete every item on the form. Please make sure to provide the name of your lobbyist(s). 

If you need further assistance to retrieve this information, please call the TN.gov Help Desk at 615-313-0300. Any other questions should be directed to the Ethics Commission at 615-253-8634 or email the Commission at ethics.counsel@tn.gov

3/24/08 The agenda and drafts for March 25, 2008 meeting are listed on the Commision Meetings page.
3/17/08 Notice of March 25, 2008 Commission Meeting
2/28/08 IMPORTANT NOTE: Statement of Disclosure of Interest (ss-8005) for local elected officials and candidates and certain State officials (non-General Assembly) were due January 31, 2008 and may still be filed electronically at http://www.tennesseeanytime.org/conflict/. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Since January 8th, over 5000 local elected officials have successfully filed on-line. The Commission staff and its Help Desk are available by telephone to assist callers with this process. 

Warning letters will shortly be issued for delinquent filers.  To avoid the imposition of a civil penalty, please file immediately if you have not done so already.

PAPER FILING NOW PERMITTED: The Commission decided on January 15, 2008 that Disclosure of Interest Statements by local elected officials and candidates and certain State officials may be filed on paper which will be transferred to an electronic form. Paper forms may be downloaded and submitted by mail to the Commission. Click for Statement of Disclosure of Interest (ss-8005) and Instructions.

CHECK FOR MISSING FORMS: The Commission has been informed by the electronic system vendor that some electronic filings made on January 8 and 9 were not saved by the system to the on-line database. Since there is no way to tell for sure which filings were not saved, the Commission is asking that persons who may have filed electronically on those dates please check the website and make sure their statements are shown. The Commission regrets this error and appreciates your patience and understanding.

2/28/08 IMPORTANT NOTE: Statement of Disclosure of Interest (ss-8004) for Members of the General Assembly, the Governor, the Constitutional Officers, and the Governor's Cabinet are due April 15, 2008 and, starting March 4th, may be filed electronically at http://www.tennesseeanytime.org/conflict/.  Reminder letters will be sent to your office or home address by March 1st. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Since January 8th, over 5000 local elected officials have successfully filed on-line. The Commission staff and its Help Desk are available by telephone to assist callers with this process. 

Paper forms may be downloaded and submitted by mail to the Commission. Click for Statement of Disclosure of Interest (ss-8004) and Instructions.   Please note that paper forms will be transferred to an electronic format for posting on the web.

2/14/08 Notice of Commission Meeting 2/26/08 and agenda.
2/7/08 2008 Lobbyist and Employer of Lobbyist Registrations are available for public searches by Clicking "iLobby" above. Public searches can be performed by name or subject matter. Smart key searching is also available.

2008 Disclosure of Interest Statements are available for public searches by clicking "Disclosure Filing" above. Over 5100 statements of local elected officials and certain state officials are available to be viewed. Searches can be performed by name or by county. Smart key searching is also available.
2/4/08 Notice of Commission Meeting 2/11/08
2/1/08 Commission Releases 2007 Annual Report

 

2/1/08

IMPORTANT NOTE: Statement of Disclosure of Interest (ss-8005) for local elected officials and candidates and certain State officials (non-General Assembly) are due January 31, 2008 and may be filed electronically at http://www.tennesseeanytime.org/conflict/. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. The Commission staff and its Help Desk are available by telephone to assist callers with this process.

CHECK FOR MISSING FORMS: The Commission has been informed by the electronic system vendor that some electronic filings made on January 8 and 9 were not saved by the system to the on-line database. Since there is no way to tell for sure which filings were not saved, the Commission is asking that persons who may have filed electronically on those dates please check the website and make sure their statements are shown. The Commission regrets this error and appreciates your patience and understanding.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Commission has determined that it will not impose sanctions for late filing of Statements of Disclosure of Interest (ss-8005) so long as such statements are filed by February 15, 2008.


PAPER FILING NOW PERMITTED: The Commission decided on January 15, 2008 that Disclosure of Interest Statements by local elected officials and candidates and certain State officials may be filed on paper which will be transferred to an electronic form. Paper forms may be downloaded and submitted by mail to the Commission. Click for Statement of Disclosure of Interest (ss-8005) and Instructions ( http://www.tn.gov/sos/tec/forms/ss-8005.pdf ).


Since January 8th, over 4500 local elected officials have filed on-line.
Statement of Disclosure of Interest (ss-8004) for Members of the General Assembly, Governor, Governor's Cabinet, and Constitutional Officers are due April 15th. Filing will be available after March 1, 2008, by electronic and paper means.

1/8/08 iLobby is now available!
ilobby is the new electronic filing system for both Lobbyists and Employers of Lobbyists at http://www.tennesseeanytime.org/ilobby/
12/21/07 Notice of Commission Meeting 1/15/08
12/21/07 Schedule of Statewide Training for Filing of Disclosure of Interest Statements
12/10/07

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Lobbyist and Employer of Lobbyist Registration.
Electronic filing for Lobbyists will not be available as of close of business December 11, 2007 in order that the Commission can convert to the new electronic filing system for both Lobbyists and Employers of Lobbyists. In addition, as of December 11, 2007, Employers will no longer be able to submit paper registration forms.


The Commission anticipates that the new electronic filing system for both Lobbyists and Employers will be available on December 18, 2007.
For 2008, the registration year for Lobbyists and Employers of Lobbyists shall be January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008. Lobbyists and Employers who renew their lobbyist agreements or establish new relationships must register within seven (7) days of entering an agreement.
For 2008, Employers MUST now register electronically and pay registration fees on-line.


The Commission thanks you for your cooperation.

11/30/07 Lobbyists are reminded that the last session for mandatory lobbyist training for 2007 is December 4, 2007 and will take place in the Legislative Plaza, Hearing Room 16. Lobbyists should register immediately by e-mailing Linda.Creasman@tn.gov or calling (615) 253-8634. For out of state lobbyists, the training will be available live over the Internet by going to a link on the Legislature's website or on the Commission's website. Pre-registration is required.
11/28/07

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Local elected officials and State officials who file a Disclosure of Interest Statement.

The 2008 Disclosure of Interest Statement is due January 31, 2008. The Statement may be filed electronically or by paper. In December, local elected officials and state officials will receive an authorization number in the mail which will permit filers to access the system starting on January 7, 2008.

11/16/07 Notice of 12/03/07 Commission Meeting
11/16/07 Employers who are Delinquent with November 15, 2007 Lobbying Expenditure Reports
11/15/07 Notice of 11/20/07 Commission Meeting
11/04/2008

Employer of Lobbyist Expenditure Reports Due

Employer of Lobbyist expenditure Reports due November 14, 2008.  File now.

10/24/07

Commission sets meeting dates for the remainder of 2007 and for 2008.

2007

2008

  • January 15
  • February through December meetings will be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month
10/15/07 Commission is compiling a listserve for sending news items and advisory opinions by e-mail to subscribers. If you would like to be included, please send your name and e-mail address to Barry.Woody@tn.gov
10/09/07 Commission posts names of counties, municipalities and other local governmental entities that have filed codes of conduct.
9/28/07 The following public officials have failed to file a Statement of Disclosure of Interests as required by T.C.A. § 8-50-501:
  • L.J. Cheairs- Hardeman County Commissioner, District 5, Position 3
9/28/07 Important Reminder for Employers of Lobbyists:  The Semi-Annual Lobbying Expenditure Report for Employers of Lobbyists for the reporting period of April 1, 2007 through September 30, 2007 must be filed with the Commission no later than November 15, 2007.
9/28/07 Commission Announces Search for General Counsel Position. Please see job announcement.
9/22/2008 Notice For Lobbyists Who Have Not Met Training Requirements

Pursuant to T.C.A. §3-6-114(b), lobbyists are required to attend one ethics course annually.

The last "live" lobbyist training session will take place on November 6th at 10 a.m. in Room 29 at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville. Please register by clicking the link below.

This is the last opportunity for "live" training in 2008. For those lobbyists who cannot attend or prefer to do so, the training requirement may be met by registering, paying the training fee, watching the archived lobbyist training video, and completing the verification of training form. See the links below:

8/23/07 Commission issues 5 new advisory opinions
7/27/07 July 31, 2007 meeting moved to Thursday, August 9, 9am in the Auditorium at the State Library and Archives. View Notice of Meeting.
7/23/07 Commission announces last 2 lobbyist training dates for 2007. Pursuant to T.C.A. 3-6-114(b), ALL registered lobbyists MUST attend lobbyist training by the end of the year. Please register now.
6/28/07 Lobbyists selected for Random Audit pursuant to T.C.A. Section 3-6-308(a)(7)
6/19/07 Important Reminder to Local Government Entities:  The Ethics Commission wishes to remind local government entities (both municipal and county) that they are required to adopt an Ethics Code by no later than June 30, 2007.  In addition, a copy of this Code must be filed with the Ethics Commission (or, if the local government entity has adopted the "model ethics code" from the County Technically Advisory Service, "CTAS", or the Municipal Technical Advisory Service, "MTAS", then the local government entity must file a Notice with the Ethics Commission verifying that they have adopted the CTAS or MTAS Model Code).  If you need any assistance with your Ethics Code please contact either CTAS at http://www.ctas.tennessee.edu/public/web/ctas.nsf/FrontPage?readform or MTAS at http://www.mtas.tennessee.edu/public/web.nsf/search/Home?Opendocument.  If you otherwise have any questions or concerns about these requirements, or feel that you will not be able to adopt an Ethics Code by the deadline, please contact the Ethics Commission directly at 615-253-8634.
5/23/07 The selection of the names of lobbyists for random audit will take place on June 27, 2007 at 2:30 pm in the Library of the State Archives Building, Nashville, TN during the Commission's regularly scheduled meeting and is open to the public.
5/11/07 Commission posts Supplemental Instructions for Completing the Semi-Annual Lobbying Expenditure Report for Employers of Lobbyists
5/9/07 Commission posts Guidelines for Applying T.C.A. 3-6-305(b)(3) Relative to Gifts Between Close Personal Friends
5/8/07 Commission posts Guidelines for Lobbyists on Preparing for Random Audits
4/26/07 Commission posts Semi-Annual Lobbying Expenditure Report for Employers of Lobbyist, which must be filed with the Commission by May 14, 2007. For additional information view memo.
2/1/07 Commission issues 2006 Annual Report
1/10/07 Press Release Regarding Disclosure of Interest Statements
1/2/07 The Tennessee Ethics Commission is available to answer your questions. Please call us at 615-253-8634, toll free within Tennessee at 1-866-416-4730 or e-mail us with your inquiries at ethics.counsel@tn.gov

12/21/06 New advisory opinions have been adopted and posted on site.
12/13/06 Article sent by Executive Director Androphy to The Tennessean entitled "Ethics - the First 60 Days."