Joint Rules Title: JR6 Chapter: 4



            JR6-4-101.   Review of ethics complaint for compliance with form requirements -- Independent requirements for complaint -- Notice.

            (1) Within five business days after receipt of a complaint, the staff of the Independent Legislative Ethics Commission, in consultation with the chair of the commission, shall examine the complaint to determine if it is in compliance with JR6-2-201 or JR6-3-101.

            (2) (a) If the chair determines that the complaint does not comply with JR6-2-201 or JR6-3-101, the chair shall:

            (i) return the complaint to the first complainant named on the complaint with:

            (A) a statement detailing the reason for the non-compliance; and

            (B) a copy of the applicable legislative rules; and

            (ii) notify the president of the Senate and the chair and vice-chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, if the legislator named in the complaint is a senator, or the speaker of the House of Representatives and the chair and vice-chair of the House Ethics Committee, if the legislator named in the complaint is a representative, that:

            (A) a complaint was filed against a member of the Senate or House, respectively, but was returned for non-compliance with legislative rule; and

            (B) the fact that a complaint was filed and returned shall be kept confidential until the commission submits its annual summary data report as required by JR6-2-104.

            (b) If a complaint is returned for non-compliance with the requirements of this title, the complainants may file another complaint if the new complaint independently meets the requirements of JR6-3-101, including any requirements for timely filing.

            (3) If the chair determines that the complaint complies with the requirements of this rule, the chair shall:

            (a) accept the complaint;

            (b) notify the president of the Senate and the chair and vice-chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, if the legislator named in the complaint is a senator, or the speaker of the House of Representatives and the chair and vice-chair of the House Ethics Committee, if the legislator named in the complaint is a representative, that:

            (i) a complaint has been filed against an unidentified member of the Senate or House, respectively;

            (ii) the identity of the legislator and the allegations raised in the complaint are confidential pending the commission's review of the complaint; and

            (iii) the fact that a complaint was filed shall be kept confidential until the commission publicly discloses the existence of the complaint via:

            (A) a recommendation that an allegation in the complaint be heard by a legislative ethics committee; or

            (B) submission of the commission's annual summary data report as required by JR6-2-104;

            (c) notify each member of the Independent Legislative Ethics Commission that the complaint has been filed and accepted; and

            (d) promptly forward the complaint to the legislator who is the subject of the ethics complaint via personal delivery or a delivery method that provides verification of receipt, together with a copy of the applicable legislative rules and notice of the legislator's deadline for filing a response to the complaint.