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advisoryo.1998.01.htm 98.01. OPINION NO. 98-01. An opinion has been requested as to whether the exception for architect and engineering services in the procurement ethics provisions of §15-508 of the Ethics Law can be applied to allow an architectural firm (the Requestor) that prepared program documents and the Request for Proposals (RFP) for a State facility to participate as a consultant to a design-build contractor bidding on the project. We advise based on the facts presented that involvem
advisoryo.1998.02.htm 98.02. OPINION NO. 98-02. An opinion has been requested as to whether an exception can be allowed to permit the Chief of Archaeological Services in the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (a unit of the Maryland Historical Trust, which is in the Department of Housing and Community Development, DHCD) to serve on the Board of Directors of Preservation Maryland, a grantee of the Maryland Historical Trust. Based on the information provided regarding the interactions of this o
advisoryo.1998.03.htm 98.03. OPINION NO. 98-03. The question has been presented by the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (Eastern Shore AHEC) as to whether and how the Public Ethics Law applies to Board members of the organization who are employees of the University of Maryland System or the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and whether, in particular, the employment provision of the Law would limit the employment of any of these individuals as adjunct faculty in the program. W
advisoryo.1998.04.htm 98.04. OPINION NO. 98-04. Ethics Commission advice has been requested as to whether a judge in the Maryland Tax Court (the Requestor) may serve in a paid political position of a congressional campaign. We advise that this secondary employment is only allowable with certain constraints and controls as set forth below.The Maryland Tax Court is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of State Government. It consists of 5 judges appointed by the Governor to 6-year terms, and the Governo
advisoryo.1998.05.htm 98.05. OPINION NO. 98-05. An advisory opinion has been requested as to whether the lobbying provisions of the Ethics Law apply to require registration and reporting by two law professors from a District of Columbia university, whose activities before the General Assembly are part of an academic program, and if so whether private college lobbying exemption language in the Law would apply to their activities. We advise that while as a general matter clearly and solely acade
advisoryo.1998.06.htm 98.06. OPINION NO. 98-06. Ethics Commission advice has been requested as to whether a Special Secretary in the Office of the Governor (the Official) may accept travel and substantial related expenses in connection with a trip to Israel from an organization registered to lobby. We advise, based on our review of the itinerary and background of this situation, that this is not a gift permitted by the gift exception provisions of §15-505(c) of the Ethics Law (State Government
advisoryo.1998.07.htm 98.07. OPINION NO. 98-07. Ethics Commission advice has been requested as to whether and how the provisions of the Ethics Law apply to a project manager in the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) whose father owns a variety of different stock, including stocks in water companies, and who intends to name the employee as a successor trustee of a trust being created for these holdings. We advise that this arrangement is allowable as long as the trust instrument ensur
advisoryo.1998.08.htm 98.08. OPINION NO. 98-08. Ethics Commission advice has been requested as to whether and how the employment prohibitions and the time of appointment exemption provisions of §15-502 of the Ethics Law (State Government Article, §15-502, Annotated Code of Maryland) apply to new consulting activities of a member of the Health Care Access and Cost Commission (the Member) We advise that this new employment activity means that the Member's consulting business would be inconsisten
advisoryo.1998.09.htm 98.09. OPINION NO. 98-09. An opinion has been requested regarding application of the procurement ethics provisions of §15-508 of the Ethics Law (State Government Article, §15-508, Annotated Code of Maryland) to the potential disqualification of a consulting firm (the Requestor) from an ongoing Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services procurement for Master Plan Design of a Corrections Information System, and to a subsequent procurement for implementation of t
advisoryo.1998.10.htm 98.10. OPINION NO. 98-10. Ethics Commission advice has been requested as to whether and how the employment prohibitions and special board and commission exemption provisions of §15-502 of the Public Ethics Law (State Government Article, Title 15, Annotated Code of Maryland) apply to service by a Trustee of the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust (MAHT) in view of her employment as Vice President and Counsel of a large land title company, and service as President of a Maryla
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