Ethics Tutorial - Colorado General Assembly
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It is improper and unethical to use state equipment and state services such as offices, telephones, internet access accounts, copiers, fax machines, computers, postage, supplies, and staff time for campaign or personal purposes. Use of state equipment for these purposes holds potential civil and criminal liability. See, Colo. const. art. XXVIII, sec. 9 (2) (a), Colo. const. art. XXVIII, sec. 10, and Section 1-45-117 (4), C.R.S. A member of the General Assembly is not prohibited from using state facilities or equipment to communicate or correspond with the member's constituents, family members, or business associates. See, Section 24-18-106, C.R.S. Furthermore, the official state seal, measuring two and one-half inches in diameter, may only be used by the Secretary of State in an official capacity. However, the Secretary of State has issued rules regarding the use of copies of the state seal.
Use of state letterhead to endorse a political candidate
A very good friend of yours has decided to run for the office of Sheriff in your district. Although he has not asked you, he has hinted that he would really appreciate your support. You would like to send a letter of endorsement to your constituents who reside in that county using your official state legislative letterhead with the state seal on it, but you're not sure if that might violate the prohibitions on the use of state resources or the use of the state seal.
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Last updated: 09 OCT 2015
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