Billings City Council Votes to Repeal Ethics Ordinance - State and Federal Communications

March 30, 2017  •  

Billings City Council Votes to Repeal Ethics Ordinance

BillingsThe Billings City Council unanimously voted this week to repeal the city’s ethics ordinance and dismiss the Board of Ethics. In place of the Board of Ethics, the Yellowstone County Attorney will oversee the city’s ethics complaints.

The city says it will use already existing state ethics standards and enforcement procedures currently being used in Helena and Great Falls.

The current and now nonoperational Ethics Board asked to remain in place, believing they are better trained to handle ethics complaints and are more available to the city’s population to report ethics violations.

Under the newly repealed ethics ordinance, the city attorney was not able to review ethics complaints against city council members, so a separate private attorney was hired, something City Council was aiming to change.

The new ethics provisions are set to become effective at the end of April.

Continue Reading

State and Federal Communications, Inc. provides research and consulting services for government relations professionals on lobbying laws, procurement lobbying laws, political contribution laws in the United States and Canada. Learn more by visiting

Sort by Month