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advisoryo.1984.01.htm 84.01. OPINION NO. 84-1. The Ethics Commission has been requested to provide advice as to whether a social worker doing intake work in the Montgomery County Department of Social Services (DSS) may work part-time for a private social services agency located in Prince George's County.This request is presented by a Department of Human Resources (DHR) Assistant Attorney General on behalf of a Social Worker I in the Montgomery County DSS (the Employee) who works as an intake worker i
advisoryo.1984.02.htm 84.02. OPINION NO. 84-2. An inquiry has been presented concerning whether a conflict of interest exists if an individual serving as an associate professor at the University of Maryland (the University) is also the County Executive of the County where the University's main campus is located.The Requestor is the County Executive for Prince George's County; prior to his 1982 election to this position, he served on the County Council. He is also a faculty member in the Department of Governm
advisoryo.1984.03.htm 84.03. OPINION NO. 84-3. An advisory opinion has been requested from a staff psychologist at the Rosewood Center (part of the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Administration (MRDDA) concerning whether she may be employed doing psychological testing at a facility which is funded by and regulated by MRDDA, and which also may have either day program or transfer clients from the Rosewood Center.The Requestor is a staff psychologist at the Rosewood Center (Rosewood or t
advisoryo.1984.04.htm 84.04. OPINION NO. 84-4. An opinion has been requested concerning whether a member of a community college Board of Trustees (the Board) may teach as a part-time faculty member at the college.This request was presented by the Chairman of the State Board for Community Colleges on behalf of a local community college (the College) and a member of its Board of Trustees (the Board Member) who proposes to teach as a part-time faculty member one or two courses starting with the 1984 Fall semest
advisoryo.1984.05.htm 84.05. OPINION NO. 84-5. A request has been presented for an advisory opinion as to whether an Assistant Revisor with the Commission to Revise the Annotated Code (the Commission) may enter into a private contract to provide bill and other legislative and regulatory information to an entity publishing a business newsletter.The Requestor works as an Analyst II (Assistant Revisor) in the Code Revision Division (the Division) in the Department of Legislative Reference (DLR) The primary responsibili
advisoryo.1984.06.htm 84.06. OPINION NO. 84-6. An inquiry has been received concerning whether the Executive Director of the Inmate Grievance Commission (IGC) may serve as a consultant on an out-of-State project being bid on by an architectural firm that has substantial A/E contracts with his agency.The Requestor is Executive Director of IGC, a unit within the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSC) The IGC is charged with the responsibility of hearing grievances filed by inm
advisoryo.1984.07.htm 84.07. OPINION NO. 84-7. An advisory opinion has been requested from the Executive Director of the Commission on Correctional Standards (the Commission) concerning whether he may serve as a consultant on an out-of-State project being bid on by a firm that contracts with the State on a project involving his agency.The Requestor is the chief executive officer for the Commission on Correctional Standards. This Commission is responsible for establishing standards for State and local correc
advisoryo.1984.08.htm 84.08. OPINION NO. 84-8. The State Highway Administration (SHA) has requested Ethics Commission advice as to whether an individual in its Western Regional Laboratory may be promoted to a supervisory position that would involve his being the direct supervisor of one brother and an indirect supervisor of another brother.This request was presented by the Director of SHA's Office of Administration. It involves a proposed promotion in the agency's Western Regional Laboratory (the Lab) located in
advisoryo.1984.09.htm 84.09. OPINION NO. 84-9. The State Ethics Commission has considered an opinion request as to whether a part-time physician in the Medical Assistance Compliance Administration may have a private practice where he accepts medical assistance patients.This advisory opinion request arose in the context of disclosure by the employee (the Doctor) on the Commission's Financial Interest Exception Disclosure Form that he has a private general practice that includes medical assistance patients. The Docto
advisoryo.1984.10.htm 84.10. OPINION NO. 84-10. We have received an advisory opinion request concerning whether a supervisor (the Employee) in the Montgomery County Department of Social Services (MCDSS) Assessment Center may do clinical counseling through a private entity that has provider contracts with the Howard County DSS.The Employee is a Social Worker IV in the Adult Services Division of MCDSS. She is the supervisor of six other employees in the Division's Assessment Center (the Center) whose
advisoryo.1984.11.htm 84.11. OPINION NO. 84-11. An advisory opinion has been requested as to whether certain activities of a corporation bring it within the definition of a lobbyist.This request is presented by a Baltimore attorney on behalf of his client, an out-of-State corporation (the Corporation) registered to do business in Maryland. The Corporation held a reception in Baltimore on July 15, 1983 that is the subject of this request. The purpose of the reception is described as educational and publ
advisoryo.1984.12.htm 84.12. OPINION NO. 84-12. An opinion request has been presented concerning whether In-Home Aides with the Department of Human Resources (DHR) may have individual provider contracts with their local departments to provide in-home services to clients.This request was presented by an Assistant Attorney General in DHR, on behalf of a Program Manager of the agency's In-Home Aide Service program. The request involves a proposal apparently initiated in a local department to allow In-Home Aides who are
advisoryo.1984.13.htm 84.13. OPINION NO. 84-13. An advisory opinion has been requested as to whether a teacher of business law and the Chairman of the Business Administration Department at Towson State University (TSU) may own and manage a private CPA review course.This request is presented by the office of the TSU President on behalf of a faculty member (the Faculty Member) who teaches business law and is currently Chairman of the Business Administration Department at TSU. This Department, with the Accounting
advisoryo.1984.14.htm 84.14. OPINION NO. 84-14. Our advice has been requested from the Director of Speech and Hearing at the Great Oaks Center (Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, DHMH) concerning whether she may have a private practice that includes mentally retarded individuals, federal Medicare and State Medicaid clients, or others who are in group homes or private community-based care funded by her agency.The Requestor is a speech pathologist and audiologist at the Great Oaks Center, a DHMH residential f
advisoryo.1984.15.htm 84.15. OPINION NO. 84-15. An advisory opinion has been requested as to whether a specialist in athletics in the Department of Education (DOE) may participate, for compensation, in a radio series on Maryland high school athletics.The Requestor's primary State duties involve being executive secretary to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA or the Association) This organization is organized under the auspices of DOE, and is responsible for carrying
advisoryo.1984.16.htm 84.16. OPINION NO. 84-16. An opinion has been requested as to whether a violation of the Ethics Law results from a real estate transaction between the Department of Natural Resources (DNR or the Department) and a group of owners that includes a current DNR employee.This request is presented by DNR's Assistant Secretary for Capital Programs (the Assistant Secretary) and involves the proposed purchase by the Department of a 580-acre tract of land in Charles County. According to the Assist
advisoryo.1984.17.htm 84.17. OPINION NO. 84-17. An opinion request has been presented as to whether, under the provisions of the Ethics Law, an individual (the Member) may serve as a member of and Secretary to the Board of Morticians, while his spouse is the President of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association (the Association)This request is presented by the Boards and Commissions Coordinator on behalf of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH or the Department) The State Board of Mortic
advisoryo.1984.18.htm 84.18. OPINION NO. 84-18. An Assistant Superintendent in the Department of Education (DOE) has requested an opinion as to whether he may teach a course at a private college whose teacher education programs are subject to approval by his unit.The Requestor has been employed at DOE since 1967. He was appointed Assistant Superintendent for Certification and Accreditation in 1981. This Division, among other things, is responsible for developing and implementing standards for approval of teac
advisoryo.1984.19.htm 84.19. OPINION NO. 84-19. An opinion has been requested as to whether a social worker in a county department of social services may teach a graduate social work course at a college that has had student interns supervised by him in the course of his State duties.This request was presented by an Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Human Resources (DHR) on behalf of a Social Worker III (the Employee) at the Montgomery County Department of Social Services (MCDSS or the Depar
advisoryo.1984.20.htm 84.20. OPINION NO. 84-20. An opinion has been requested as to whether there is a violation of the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) resulting from an exchange of property between the Department of Natural Resources (DNR or the Department) and an employee of the Department.This request was presented by the Department of General Services (DGS) and involves a proposed real property transaction that has been in process for over ten years. The emplo
advisoryo.1984.21.htm 84.21. OPINION NO. 84-21. An opinion request has been presented inquiring as to whether a conflict of interest exists if a Community College (the College) purchases computer equipment and service from a vendor company with which a professor and departmental coordinator (hereinafter the Professor) has private affiliations.This request is presented by the attorney to the College's Board of Trustees, and involves a procurement action currently being considered by the College's Administration Divi
advisoryo.1984.22.htm 84.22. OPINION NO. 84-22. An inquiry has been received from a Chief Deputy Clerk of a Circuit Court concerning whether employees of the Clerk of Court's Office (the Clerk's Office) may engage in outside employment as private process servers for attorneys.The Constitution of Maryland establishes a Circuit Court for each County and Baltimore City (Article IV, ยง20) Section 1-501 of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, describes the circuit cou
advisoryo.1984.23.htm 84.23. OPINION NO. 84-23. An opinion has been requested concerning whether the Minority Business Enterprise Administrator (MBE Administrator) for the Department of General Services (DGS) may serve on the Board of Directors of a private non-profit minority business funding organization.The MBE Administrator for DGS (the Requestor) is on the staff of the Deputy Secretary, but is assigned to the agency's Purchasing Bureau. The main purpose of her position is described as "coordinating
advisoryo.1984.24.htm 84.24. OPINION NO. 84-24. We have received an inquiry from the President of a State College (the College) as to whether he may serve on the Board of Directors of a Maryland bank (the Bank)The Requestor indicates that he has been informally approached regarding a possible invitation to serve on the Board of Directors of the Bank, a full-service State chartered bank that offers the complete range of banking, credit and investment services. The Requestor's service on the Board would be
advisoryo.1984.25.htm 84.25. OPINION NO. 84-25. An opinion request has been presented concerning whether an administrative officer (the Employee) in the Drug Abuse Administration's (DAA) Criminal Justice Division may have outside employment with a private entity that receives a DAA grant, and that is regulated and funded by the Juvenile Services Administration.The Employee's position in the DAA (a unit within the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, DHMH) involves establishment and implementation of a pr
advisoryo.1984.26.htm 84.26. OPINION NO. 84-26. An Opinion has been requested concerning whether the Provost of a local campus of Montgomery Community College (MCC or the College) may serve on the Board of Directors of a health maintenance organization that contracts with the College.The Requestor has been employed at Montgomery College for 22 years, and since 1974 has held basically the same position he now holds, as Provost of this particular campus. The provost position description describes the incumb
advisoryo.1984.27.htm 84.27. OPINION NO. 84-27. A request has been presented concerning whether an employee (the Requestor) in the Finance Office of the Community Development Administration (CDA) may receive a rehabilitation loan under a CDA program.The Requestor is employed in CDA's Finance Office. She is also the owner, with another individual, of a piece of property on the Eastern Shore in Maryland. With her co-owner she has applied to CDA for a loan of $6,000-7,000 under the agency's Housing
advisoryo.1984.28.htm 84.28. OPINION NO. 84-28. An opinion issue has been presented concerning whether the Chief of the Hereditary Disorders Division in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH or the Department) may retain non-compensated appointments at medical and teaching facilities that receive grants from and are subject to the regulatory authority of the Division and the Department.The Requestor is the chief of the Hereditary Disorders Division (the Division) part of DHMH's Preven
advisoryo.1984.29.htm 84.29. OPINION NO. 84-29. An opinion has been requested concerning whether a part-time title examiner (the Employee) with the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA or the Administration) may have a vehicle salesman's license issued by the Administration, and be affiliated with a dealership licensed by and having regular dealings with her agency.This request was presented by the Administrator of the MVA on behalf of a title examiner in a regional MVA Office. In addition to provision of telepho
advisoryo.1984.30.htm 84.30. OPINION NO. 84-30. An opinion has been requested as to whether a Supervisor of Assessments (the Supervisor) may engage in outside appraisal activities in connection with estates being processed through the Office of the Register of Wills.The assessments offices in the local jurisdictions are State agencies that are part of the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (DAT) This agency, through local offices, is charged with the responsibility for assessing the taxable value of al
advisoryo.1984.31.htm 84.31. OPINION NO. 84-31. An opinion has been requested concerning whether a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf (the Employee) in the Prince George's County Office of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) may establish a private deaf interpreter referral business and whether that entity may do business with the Baltimore area Vocational Rehabilitation Offices.The Employee works in DVR's Landover Office and her responsibilities are directed solely at counseling and vocational rehabil
advisoryo.1984.32.htm 84.32. OPINION NO. 84-32. A request for an Opinion has been received as to whether an employee of the Income Maintenance Administration (IMA or the Administration) a unit with the Department of Human Resources (DHR) may bid on DHR contracts through a sole proprietorship printing supply business.This request is presented by an individual (the Employee) who is employed as an Office Clerk I in IMA's Division of Staff Support Services. This Division provides general administrative support for th
advisoryo.1984.33.htm 84.33. OPINION NO. 84-33. An opinion has been requested by the Secretary of Transportation concerning whether the Department of Transportation (DOT or the Department) may enter into a contract with a former Secretary. The individual served as Secretary of DOT until June 1984. Prior to leaving the Department, the former Secretary had instituted a Management Improvement Program for the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) one of the Department's major operating administration
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