The Complaint Process
Upon receiving a complaint, the Commission staff will conduct a preliminary analysis to ensure it is legally sufficient. If the complaint is deemed legally sufficient, it will go before the Ethics Commission for a probable cause determination.
If the Commission finds no probable cause, the complaint will be dismissed. If the Commission finds there is probable cause, the matter can be set for a public hearing and such proceedings must comply with the Sunshine Law. Upon the conclusion of the hearing, the Commission shall make a finding and issue a report as to whether any provision within its jurisdiction has been violated.
If Commission members declare a violation has been committed, they shall issue an order imposing the appropriate penalty, which may include fines, letters of instructions or other penalties which may be imposed by law.