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advisoryo.1989.01.htm 89.01. OPINION NO. 89-1. An advisory opinion has been requested from a Natural Resources Manager in the Tidewater Administration of the Department of Natural Resources regarding whether he may have a private consulting business that involves the same kinds of work that he does in his State job. We advise the Requestor that the private business would not be inconsistent with the outside employment provisions of the Public Ethics Law, as long as it is conducted consistently with criteria discussed
advisoryo.1989.02.htm 89.02. OPINION NO. 89-2. An advisory opinion has been requested concerning whether members of the Physician Quality Assurance Board may (1) serve as expert medical witnesses in malpractice or other cases involving medical issues, or (2) engage in lobbying activities as to medical issues. In view of the responsibilities of the Board, we believe that service by its physician members as witnesses in medical malpractice cases would be inconsistent with the provisions of the Public Ethics Law. Partic
advisoryo.1989.03.htm 89.03. OPINION NO. 89-3. An opinion has been requested concerning whether a Water Management Specialist in the Soil Conservation Administration (Department of Agriculture, DAGR) may have a private business composting and selling organic materials, a business that would be registered with and subject to the authority of the State Chemist, also in DAGR. We advise the Requestor based on the description of his proposed private business and our understanding of the operation of his State program, tha
advisoryo.1989.04.htm 89.04. OPINION NO. 89-4. A request has been presented by a lobbyist who has several registrations covering both executive branch and legislative branch activities, concerning whether the lobbyist may be paid a referral fee from a former client in connection with its securing of State business possibly in part as a result of the individual's lobbying efforts. The request relates to a potential fee that is not being pursued, and the specific situation is therefore now moot. Since the situation is
advisoryo.1989.05.htm 89.05. OPINION NO. 89-5. An opinion has been requested from a State's Attorney regarding whether and how the provisions of the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) would apply to his proposed involvement as a partner in a restaurant enterprise to be located in his County. We advise the Requestor that though the Law would not apply to flatly prohibit his affiliation with this undertaking, it would impose substantive restrictions relating to the development a
advisoryo.1989.06.htm 89.06. OPINION NO. 89-6. An advisory opinion has been requested concerning whether a social worker in the Montgomery County Department of Social Services (MCDSS) may have a private practice that includes services under the State Employee Assistance Program as a subcontractor to Family and Children's Services (FCS) an entity that contracts with the Department of Human Resources (DHR) We advise, based on our review of the practice and contract involved, and on the Department's view, that an except
advisoryo.1989.07.htm 89.07. OPINION NO. 89-7. An advisory opinion has been requested by a publicly held corporation (the Corporation) regarding the recently enacted law containing disclosure and nonparticipation requirements as to certain Prince George's County District Council land use proceedings (HB 890, Ch. 244, Laws of Maryland, 1989 Sess. The Corporation has proposed a plan for its disclosure under this law, and has asked whether this would be adequate to meeting its filing responsibilities. We advise the Corp
advisoryo.1989.08.htm 89.08. OPINION NO. 89-8. An advisory opinion has been requested from an Employee Training Specialist in the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS, formerly the Juvenile Services Agency) as to whether she may in her private practice as an employee development consultant contract to provide training consulting services to a private agency provider. Based on the circumstances of this situation, including the nature of the private services, we advise this Requestor that this activity would be barred
advisoryo.1989.09.htm 89.09. OPINION NO. 89-9. An advisory opinion has been requested concerning whether and how the provisions of the Public Ethics Law would apply to the newly organized Fund for Agricultural Resource Materials in Maryland Schools, Inc. (the Fund) and the participation in it of several officials in State government. We advise that the Law (Article 40A, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) would not apply to prohibit establishment of such an organization, or bar affiliation with it by State of
advisoryo.1989.10.htm 89.10. OPINION NO. 89-10. An advisory opinion has been requested concerning whether a Natural Resources Police Officer (the Officer) may be an owner and sell real estate as part of a private real estate company. It is our view that this individual's secondary activity is allowable as long as the situation continues to function as described and he has no overlap in dealings between his official duties and his private real estate work.This request is presented by an Officer First Clas
advisoryo.1989.11.htm 89.11. OPINION NO. 89-11. An advisory opinion has been requested concerning whether a former employee of the Division of Correction Office of Health and Mental Health Services may accept employment with the current health services contractor to provide medical services at a correctional facility. Based on the information provided regarding the individual's duties with the Division and the contract process, we advise that the individual would be barred by §3-103(b) of the
advisoryo.1989.12.htm 89.12. OPINION NO. 89-12. An opinion request has been received regarding whether a State Police Trooper assigned to the Truck Enforcement Division may have secondary employment as a truck transport driver for a local propane gas distributor. Taking into account the Trooper's duties and the circumstances of his private employment, we advise that this activity would be barred by the employment provisions of §3-103(a) of the Public Ethics Law, and that an exception cannot be
advisoryo.1989.13.htm 89.13. OPINION NO. 89-13. An advisory opinion has been requested by the Governor's Appointments Secretary concerning whether he may participate in the State's Shore Erosion Control loan program, and whether he may have a financial interest in a proposed federally chartered bank. Based on the information from the Requestor, the Shore Erosion Control Office and the Department of Natural Resources, we conclude that the erosion control project may continue, provided that the
advisoryo.1989.14.htm 89.14. OPINION NO. 89-14. An Opinion has been requested from an administrator in the Maryland Environmental Service (MES) concerning whether he may serve on the Board of Directors of a private waste exchange organization. Based on information provided by his agency that this service is undertaken as part of his official duties, we advise the Requestor that the activity is not barred by the provisions of the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law)
advisoryo.1989.15.htm 89.15. OPINION NO. 89-15. An advisory opinion has been requested as to whether and how the Public Ethics Law (Article 40A, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) applies to a Maryland Racing Commission veterinarian whose spouse is an attorney who handles some cases before the Racing Commission. We advise the Requestor and the agency that the provisions of the Ethics Law do not flatly prohibit the existence of this relationship. Several sections, however, do establish
advisoryo.1989.16.htm 89.16. OPINION NO. 89-16. An opinion has been requested from the Director of the Nursing Program at a community college (the College) as to whether she may serve as a noncompensated member of the Board of Trustees of a hospital facility (the Hospital) that is affiliated with her Program. Taking into account the nature of the Requestor's duties and the relationship of the Hospital to her Program, we advise that this service would be barred by the employment prohibitions of
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