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advisoryo.1987.01.htm 87.01. OPINION NO. 87-1. A request has been presented by the Executive Director of the Board of Examiners of Nurses (the Board) dealing with the general issue, raised in the context of the Board's development of administrative by-laws, of whether members of the Board may serve as elected officers or directors of professional associations whose members are under the Board's authority.The Board is established in Health Occupations Article, Title 7, Annotated Code of Maryland, and has
advisoryo.1987.02.htm 87.02. OPINION NO. 87-2. An advisory opinion has been requested as to whether the Program Manager for Child Protective Services (the Employee) in the Child Welfare Division of the Social Services Administration (SSA) may have part-time employment as a counselor with the Baltimore Center for Victims of Sexual Assault (BCVSA) a grantor of the Community Services Administration (CSA)The Social Services Administration and the Community Services Administration are both units within t
advisoryo.1987.03.htm 87.03. OPINION NO. 87-3. A member of a Board in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has inquired as to whether appointees to health regulatory boards may serve on health claims arbitration panels.The Requestor (or the Member) is a member of and secretary to the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The request involves an issue that applies to the Requestor in a limited way in his own status. It also relates to comparable situations as to members of health licensing
advisoryo.1987.04.htm 87.04. OPINION NO. 87-4. An opinion has been requested as to whether members of the Regional Planning Council (RPC) may serve on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Region Community Development Corporation (BRCDC) a private non-profit corporation established to promote the development of low and moderate income housing and general neighborhood revitalization. The RPC is a planning agency covering Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties, and is descri
advisoryo.1987.05.htm 87.05. OPINION NO. 87-5. An opinion has been requested by a Management Specialist in the Department of Budget and Fiscal Planning (DBFP) concerning whether he may be a stockholder and officer of a company engaged in the sale of microcomputers and electronic accessories, if that company does business with the State. The Requestor is an employee in DBFP's Division of Management Analysis and Audits. He is a grade 14 Management Specialist III, a position which was determined in May 1986 not to be wi
advisoryo.1987.06.htm 87.06. OPINION NO. 87-6. An opinion has been requested as to whether a Public Affairs Officer in the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) may submit and be paid for an article to be published in the newsletter of the Maryland Retail Merchants Association (the Association) Based on the situation as currently described to us, we advise the Requestor that this activity would not be barred by the provisions of the Public Ethics Law.The Department of Economi
advisoryo.1987.07.htm 87.07. OPINION NO. 87-7. An advisory opinion has been requested as to whether a Rehabilitation Specialist with the Maryland Rehabilitation Center (DOE) who may do evaluations for deaf clients, may serve on the Board of a private non-profit entity providing services to the deaf through a grant from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) For the reasons and based on the facts discussed below, we advise this employee that this outside activity is not inconsistent with the Public Ethics
advisoryo.1987.08.htm 87.08. OPINION NO. 87-8. An advisory opinion has been requested as to whether a veterinarian in the Department of Agriculture (DAGR) may establish a private laboratory to provide lab testing services to veterinarians. We advise the Requestor that establishment of a laboratory as described by him would not violate the Public Ethics Law, as long as he conforms its operations to ethics requirements and he does not provide services to veterinarians operating within the geographical area of the DAGR
advisoryo.1987.09.htm 87.09. OPINION NO. 87-9. An advisory opinion has been requested concerning whether a member of a local Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board (PTAB or the Board) may be actively involved in real estate in his County. Based on the information provided regarding the functioning of these boards and the nature of the real estate activity, we advise the individual (the Member) and the Board that this employment would be inconsistent with the provisions of the Public Ethics Law, if he continues to serv
advisoryo.1987.10.htm 87.10. OPINION NO. 87-10. An inquiry has been presented concerning whether an Office Clerk II (the Employee) in the Support Services Division of the Montgomery County Department of Social Services (MCDSS or the Department) may be a respite care worker through another Division of the local department. Considering the nature of the individual's duties and her proposed private activities, as well as her agency's findings, we conclude that an exception can be allowed to permi
advisoryo.1987.11.htm 87.11. OPINION NO. 87-11. An Opinion has been requested by the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD or the Department) concerning whether certain employees may serve in their official capacity on the Board of a non-profit health corporation being organized by the Department. Based on the information provided regarding the Department's involvement in this activity, and the proposed organization of the entity, we advise that this board service would not be barred by the Public Ethics Law.
advisoryo.1987.12.htm 87.12. OPINION NO. 87-12. An opinion has been requested as to whether an Assistant Director of the Juvenile Services Administration (the Employee) may serve as a board member with several non-profit organizations involved in youth services and sexual assault activities. Based on the Employee's description of his duties and the advice of the agency, we advise that this service would be allowable for the two entities that are not affiliated with the agency, and that service
advisoryo.1987.13.htm 87.13. OPINION NO. 87-13. An opinion has been requested concerning whether Directors or other staff members of local Departments of Social Services may serve on the Board or be an officer of a private local entity that is funded by the Department of Human Resources (DHR or the Department) Based on the information provided to us by the Department and the program regarding its operation and functions, we conclude that this service would be allowable only if the individual w
advisoryo.1987.14.htm 87.14. OPINION NO. 87-14. A request has been presented for an opinion as to whether a social worker in the Montgomery County Department of Social Services (MCDSS or the Department) may have private consulting and counseling employment with an entity that receives referrals from and contracts with his agency. We advise that an exception may be allowed to permit this activity, based on the description of the agency's organization and the individual's duties, and in reliance
advisoryo.1987.15.htm 87.15. OPINION NO. 87-15. An opinion has been requested from the Clerk of a County Circuit Court concerning how the Ethics Law and prior Commission Opinions would impact on the private activities of several employees of the Clerk's Office. The request involves three individuals in the Office's Recording Department, and two others, one in the Accounting Department and another in the File Room. Based on the description of the Office's organization and activities and the kin
advisoryo.1987.16.htm 87.16. OPINION NO. 87-16. An addiction counselor in a local county health department has requested an opinion as to whether he may have outside employment counseling private clients through the office of a local physician. Having evaluated the facts presented by this particular requestor, and taken account of the advice and views of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) regarding the general practices of their local addiction counselors, we advise that this a
advisoryo.1987.17.htm 87.17. OPINION NO. 87-17. An opinion has been requested from the Division of Parole and Probation (part of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, DPSC) concerning whether a Field Supervisor (the Supervisor) in a local office who is the President of a union local may represent individuals in connection with that activity in the State grievance process. Based on our review of the information provided to us by the Supervisor, his agency and the State Depa
advisoryo.1987.18.htm 87.18. OPINION NO. 87-18. A staff member in the Policy and Research Division in the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has requested an advisory opinion as to whether he may purchase real property from the Maryland Housing Fund (MHF or the Fund) a unit of DHCD. Based on the Requestor's description of his plans, and our understanding of the agency's organization, we advise him that this activity would be inconsistent with the outside employment and fina
advisoryo.1987.19.htm 87.19. OPINION NO. 87-19. A request has been presented concerning whether the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) would prohibit Montgomery County from supplementing the salary of a State Department of Agriculture employee assigned to the Montgomery County Soil Conservation District. Based on the information provided by the Department and the Soil Conservation District regarding this program, we conclude that this situation presents
advisoryo.1987.20.htm 87.20. OPINION NO. 87-20. The Department of Legislative Reference has requested an opinion as to whether an employee on educational leave of absence from the Department is barred by the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) from being employed by a lobbyist. We advise the individual and the Department, based on the description of her former position and the circumstances of her leave of absence, that the Ethics Law would not apply to
advisoryo.1987.21.htm 87.21. OPINION NO. 87-21. A field representative in the Addictions Services Administration in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has requested an opinion concerning whether and under what circumstances he may be affiliated with a private mental health clinic. We advise the Requestor and his Department, based on the information provided by him, and in reliance on prior advice, that the activity is allowable only if the clinic does not engage in any way in alcohol
advisoryo.1987.22.htm 87.22. OPINION NO. 87-22. A specially commissioned police officer who serves as security director for the State Income Tax building has requested an opinion as to whether he may be licensed and operate as a private detective. We advise the Requestor, based on the description of his job duties and our understanding of his proposed private detective activities, that his proposed private detective business would not be inconsistent with the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, An
advisoryo.1987.23.htm 87.23. OPINION NO. 87-23. An opinion has been requested concerning the extent to which the provisions of the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, Annotated Code of Maryland) could impact on potential future outside employment or business activities of a county State's Attorney. This individual does not have a specific activity immediately planned. He indicates, however, that as a new official he would like to have guidelines to follow in determining whether outside activities
advisoryo.1987.24.htm 87.24. OPINION NO. 87-24. An Opinion has been requested concerning whether a member of the Board of Registration for Professional Land Surveyors may teach a land surveyor's exam review course sponsored by the Maryland Society of Surveyors. Based on the significance of this Board's authority over the examination and licensing process, and the Member's actual or potential involvement in various aspects of this process, we advise that this private activity is not allowable w
advisoryo.1987.25.htm 87.25. OPINION NO. 87-25. A request has been received from the Chief of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Reimbursements Division as to whether and how §3-101 of the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, §3-101, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) would apply in view of his negotiation and potential employment arrangements with Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Blue Cross) Having reviewed the circumstances of Requestor's dealings with Blue Cross, as well as the na
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