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advisoryo.1988.01.htm 88.01. OPINION NO. 88-1. An advisory opinion has been requested concerning whether a Field Operations Specialist in the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation may serve as chairman of a standing committee of two private professional associations. Considering the nature of this position and the proposed activities of the committee, we advise the Requestor that his service as the chairman would be allowable, but only as long as situations do not develop, particularly as to legislative issues, tha
advisoryo.1988.02.htm 88.02. OPINION NO. 88-2. An opinion has been requested from an Assistant Attorney General in the Legislative Office of the Attorney General's Office concerning whether he may serve on the City of Annapolis Board of Supervisors of Elections if his duties include serving as counsel to the Baltimore City Board of Elections as well as providing legal advice to the legislature. Based on our review of his official activities as to the City Board of Elections and our understanding of the functions of t
advisoryo.1988.03.htm 88.03. OPINION NO. 88-3. A residential and agricultural tax assessor in a local office of the Department of Assessments and Taxation has requested an advisory opinion as to whether he may run for and hold a municipal office. Based on information regarding the individual's current assignment and duties, we advise that the Requestor's proposed political activity and public office would not be prohibited by the provisions of the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics
advisoryo.1988.04.htm 88.04. OPINION NO. 88-4. An opinion request has been presented by a community health nurse who performs evaluation services in a local health department regarding whether she can work as a private case management provider in another county. Applying the outside employment exception regulations (COMAR 19A.02.01) under §3-103(a)1) of the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, §3-103(a)1) Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) and taking into account the views of the individual's Department, the Comm
advisoryo.1988.05.htm 88.05. OPINION NO. 88-5. An opinion has been requested as to whether the recently appointed Commissioner of Labor and Industry may accept a vehicle from his former employer, a major labor organization. We advise the Commissioner that acceptance of the vehicle is allowable, given the indication by the organization that this type of severance benefit is a practice followed with retiring labor executives.This request is presented by the individual who since March 1987 has been s
advisoryo.1988.06.htm 88.06. OPINION NO. 88-6. An advisory opinion has been requested concerning whether an employment initiatives coordinator in the Income Maintenance Bureau of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS) may have private employment with an entity that contracts with the Department of Human Resources and that has dealings with BCDSS. We determine, given the nature of the individual's duties and the proposed private activity, that an exception is allowed to permit this affiliation, pursu
advisoryo.1988.07.htm 88.07. OPINION NO. 88-7. An advisory opinion has been requested concerning whether the Director of the Student Union on the campus of a State University (the University) may have a private rental property business in which he leases space to student tenants, including some who are employed at the Student Union. Based on the information provided by the Requestor and his agency, we conclude that the individual's rental activities are inconsistent with the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, Annotated
advisoryo.1988.08.htm 88.08. OPINION NO. 88-8. Advice has been requested from an industrial representative in the Department of Economic and Employment Development's Division of Business and Industrial Development as to whether she may have a real estate license and engage in real estate sales activities in Anne Arundel County. We advise the Requestor that working as a real estate sales person while she continues in her present position would be inconsistent with the outside employment impairment provision of § 3-103
advisoryo.1988.09.htm 88.09. OPINION NO. 88-9. The Director of the Records Management Division in the Department of General Services (DGS) has requested an opinion as to whether he may serve on the advisory board of a private workshop which performs some of the same services as his State agency, and to which he may refer other State agencies for microfilming services. We advise the Requestor and his agency that this service is allowable, provided it is representation that is undertaken as part of his official DGS dut
advisoryo.1988.10.htm 88.10. OPINION NO. 88-10. An advisory opinion has been requested concerning whether an instructional employee at the Juvenile Services Administration's (JSA) Maryland Youth Residence Center (the Center) may have a private business with a former employee marketing educational/psychological and other consulting services to State and local government, private industry, private agencies, and individuals in the State.1 Based on the information available regarding the employee'
advisoryo.1988.11.htm 88.11. OPINION NO. 88-11. An Ethics Commission opinion has been requested as to whether the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) applies to limit the activities of a State Highway Administration reviewing appraiser (the Employee) who has personal and economic relationships with a private contract appraiser (the Contractor) who provides services to the agency. We advise the Employee and his agency that the facts do not come within the
advisoryo.1988.12.htm 88.12. OPINION NO. 88-12. An advisory opinion has been requested concerning whether a person who serves as the Deputy Director of Administrative Services for the Department of Licensing and Regulation (DLR) may apply for and be licensed by the Home Improvement Commission, a regulatory agency within DLR. The Requestor is advised that this business and licensing activity would not be barred by the Public Ethics Law, as long as the activity does not develop to include signif
advisoryo.1988.13.htm 88.13. OPINION NO. 88-13. An opinion has been requested as to whether an arrangement for a future retainer agreement between a law firm lobbyist and a client would be prohibited by the bar in §5-104 of the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, §5-104, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) against lobbying for contingent compensation, where the future services could be viewed as contingent on the success of lobbying efforts. Based on the information regarding this particul
advisoryo.1988.14.htm 88.14. OPINION NO. 88-14. An opinion has been requested as to whether the Assistant Director for the Western Region of the Mental Hygiene Administration (MHA) and the Director of a residential facility in the Region (the Center) may contract with the MHA to provide on-duty psychiatric services to the Center. Based on the information provided in connection with our review, and the views expressed by the agency regarding this situation, we advise that Directors and Superint
advisoryo.1988.15.htm 88.15. OPINION NO. 88-15. An opinion has been requested concerning whether a Natural Resources Technician in the Forest, Park and Wildlife Administration of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may engage in a private compensated business providing non-commercial Timber Stand Improvement services to woodland owners. Based on our understanding of the persons who would be served by this private business, and their relationship to the Employee and his duties, we advise
advisoryo.1988.16.htm 88.16. OPINION NO. 88-16. The Ethics Commission has been asked to provide advice as to whether a psychiatric nurse at the Walter P. Carter Center, part of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) may be a personal care case manager under the agency's medical assistance program. Based on our view of the application of the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) to this situation as well as the position taken by the agency, we a
advisoryo.1988.17.htm 88.17. OPINION NO. 88-17. The Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) has requested Ethics Commission guidance concerning whether and how the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) would apply to a proposed employee incentive program that would involve awards financed by private sector entities. We believe that the types of awards contemplated in this program would be allowable as part of an established agency program,
advisoryo.1988.18.htm 88.18. OPINION NO. 88-18. An Ethics Commission Opinion has been requested concerning whether a member of the State Board of Morticians who is also employed in a County Office of Consumer Affairs may participate as a legislative witness on matters relating to the funeral industry. We conclude that participation in legislative activities by this individual on behalf of her State Board is not inconsistent with the provisions of the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, Annotated C
advisoryo.1988.19.htm 88.19. OPINION NO. 88-19. An advisory opinion has been requested concerning whether the Director of the Office for Children and Youth may continue to provide certain contractual services to the federal Social Security Administration. We advise the Director that this work would be allowable, provided it continues to involve solely in-house activities of the federal agency, and does not bring the Director into any contact with local children's groups with which she may inte
advisoryo.1988.20.htm 88.20. OPINION NO. 88-20. The Vice President for Business and Finance at a State College (the College) has requested advice as to whether he may serve on the Board of Directors of the Foundation of a State University (the University Foundation) Considering the nature of the Requestor's duties at the College and his anticipated role on the University Foundation Board, we advise him that his service as proposed would not be inconsistent with the provisions of the Public Eth
advisoryo.1988.21.htm 88.21. OPINION NO. 88-21. An advisory opinion has been requested from an elected State's Attorney concerning whether and how the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) would apply to prohibit or limit a proposed private practice of law that would include the State's Attorney and another local private practitioner1 as partners and a member of the local Board of County Commissioners as a law clerk. We advise the Requestor that though the
advisoryo.1988.22.htm 88.22. OPINION NO. 88-22. An opinion has been requested concerning whether area representatives advising with the Maryland Historical Trust are public officials covered by the Ethics Law, and if they are, whether they or entities with which they are affiliated may participate in certain Trust grant and loan programs. We advise the Trust that these individuals are not public officials covered by the provisions of the Law.This request is presented by the Director of the Division of Historical and
advisoryo.1988.23.htm 88.23. OPINION NO. 88-23. The Chief of Domestic Tourism in the Division of Tourist Development (Department of Economic and Employment) has requested an opinion regarding whether she may have private consulting jobs as an archeologist. Taking into account the functions of the Requestor's office and the limited likelihood that her job duties would involve any archeological activities or program, we advise her that the occasional work that she would undertake is not barred by the Public Ethics Law.
advisoryo.1988.24.htm 88.24. OPINION NO. 88-24. An advisory opinion has been requested regarding whether a Department of Human Resources employee who is the Director of the agency's Legal Services Program may also serve as the Executive Director of the private Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) We advise that this arrangement is allowable so long as it continues to operate without conflict and if the arrangement is approved by any State executive control agencies that would be concerned
advisoryo.1988.25.htm 88.25. OPINION NO. 88-25. A request has been presented by the Insurance Commissioner concerning whether and to what extent the Ethics Law would apply to her continued holding of various investments made in connection with her former employment with an insurance company (the Company) while she was an employee with it. We advise the Commissioner that her holdings are not flatly barred by the financial interest provisions of the Public Ethics Law, but that she must, in order
advisoryo.1988.26.htm 88.26. OPINION NO. 88-26. An opinion has been requested as to whether a Psychologist Associate in the Mental Health Clinic in Calvert County may have outside employment providing on-call service in the local hospital under a program funded through the local Health Department. We advise the Requestor and his Department that this service would come within the outside employment prohibition of the Public Ethics Law, and that an exception cannot be allowed to permit this employment.
advisoryo.1988.27.htm 88.27. OPINION NO. 88-27. An advisory opinion has been requested concerning whether a social worker in the single parent services program in the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS) may have private employment with a private sexual abuse and rape crisis treatment and counseling center (Sexual Assault Recovery Center, the Center) that is funded by the Department of Human Resources (DHR) and has dealings with the BCDSS. We advise that an exception may be app
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