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advisoryo.1997.01.htm 97.01. OPINION NO. 97-01. Ethics Commission advice has been requested as to whether a Department of Natural Resources regional public affairs officer for the Eastern Shore may serve as an elected member of the Ocean City Council. We advise based on the information provided as to the Requestor's duties within the agency that this affiliation is allowable, but only within significant constraints with certain understandings as to future concerns.The Requestor was originally employed by the Depar
advisoryo.1997.02.htm 97.02. OPINION NO. 97-02. An opinion has been requested by a lobbyist (the Lobbyist) regarding application of the conflict of interest, financial disclosure and lobbyist disclosure provisions of the Ethics Law to the Lobbyist and others in view of the Lobbyist's marriage to a member of the Maryland General Assembly.The Lobbyist, who is affiliated with a very active lobbying firm that also includes a parent of the Lobbyist (the Parent) was recently married to a member of the Maryland Gene
advisoryo.1997.03.htm 97.03. OPINION NO. 97-03. An opinion has been requested as to application of the Ethics Law to an Income Maintenance Specialist in a local Department of Social Services whose spouse operates a day care facility in their home. Based on the information provided regarding the nature of the duties of this individual and the history of this day care operation, we advise that continuation of this type of activity in the individual's home would be inconsistent with the requireme
advisoryo.1997.04.htm 97.04. OPINION NO. 97-04. A request has been presented by the University of Maryland System for clarification of prior Commission opinions regarding application of the Public Ethics Law (State Government Article, Title 15, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) to use of affiliated foundation or similar private funds for activities that result in personal benefits to University employees.This particular question relates to payment by a System institution of salary supplements funded by
advisoryo.1997.05.htm 97.05. OPINION NO. 97-05. An opinion has been requested as to whether and how the Ethics Law (State Government Article, Title 15, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) applies to a member of the Maryland Aviation Commission whose law firm represents construction contractors in matters before the agency. We advise based on prior opinions in this area, as well as the particular history of this situation, that the Law applies to bar service by this individual with the
advisoryo.1997.06.htm 97.06. OPINION NO. 97-06. An advisory opinion has been requested as to whether an invitation and event is covered by the special reporting provisions of §15-704(e) of the Public Ethics Law (State Government Article, Title 15, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Ethics Law) and the reporting exception under §15-704(e)2) and 15-704(b)2)vi) of the Law. We advise that where there are invitations to all members to the types of activities set forth in the Law, these are to be consi
advisoryo.1997.07.htm 97.07. OPINION NO. 97-07. An advisory opinion has been requested regarding whether the State Treasurer, who also serves on the Board of Public Works, the Maryland Health and Higher Education Facilities Authority, and other State boards, may serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, an organization that accredits elementary schools, high schools, and institutions of higher education. We advise, based on the informa
advisoryo.1997.08.htm 97.08. OPINION NO. 97-08. Ethics Commission advice has been requested as to whether a former Associate Commissioner for Policy of the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) may engage in certain activities on behalf of his new employer, a major insurance carrier (the Carrier) in connection with legislative activities arising from 1997 legislation in which he participated on behalf of the MIA. We advise that while he may engage in activities on behalf of his new employer
advisoryo.1997.09.htm 97.09. OPINION NO. 97-09. An exception has been requested by an area coordinator in the Department of Agriculture (DAGR) to permit his entering into an agricultural land preservation easement agreement with his agency and otherwise to engage in various farming activities involving dealings with his Department. We do not believe that a regulatory exception is appropriate to permit the Requestor's participation in the land preservation or other programs based on the specifi
advisoryo.1997.10.htm 97.10. OPINION NO. 97-10. An opinion has been requested regarding application of the nonparticipation, financial interest and other provisions of the Ethics Law in a situation where an Administrative Assistant I in the Physical Plant Department at Towson University has a spouse who sells maintenance parts and supplies (and possibly office supplies) to units within her Department. We advise that this individual has an interest in her spouse's business that is barred by the
advisoryo.1997.11.htm 97.11. OPINION NO. 97-11. A question has been presented as to whether and how the post-employment provisions of the Ethics Law apply to the proposed representation by the former Chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority of the Baltimore Ravens football team in its lease negotiations with the Authority. We advise based on the information provided and our previous application of the Law that this activity as described would be barred by the post-employment limitations of §
advisoryo.1997.12.htm 97.12. OPINION NO. 97-12. An opinion has been requested as to whether the Director of Department of Economic and Community Development's Day Care Financing Programs may teach a course at a private college (the College) entitled "Introduction to Child Care, that is the course required for day care licensing in the State. We advise, based on the facts presented by the Requestor and the Department regarding the agency's approach to this program, that this activity is not pro
advisoryo.1997.13.htm 97.13. OPINION NO. 97-13. A Staff Specialist (the Requestor) in the Medical Assistance Policy Administration in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has requested advice as to whether the post employment provision of the Ethics Law would apply to bar her acceptance of employment with a health maintenance and managed care provider (the Provider) pursuant to her agency's programs. We advise that her employment to carry out the program implementation functions
advisoryo.1997.14.htm 97.14. OPINION NO. 97-14. An opinion has been requested as to whether the provisions of the Public Ethics Law apply to require disqualification by a member of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (the Requestor) in a procurement matter potentially involving an entity with which she has had some previous personal and official dealings. We advise, based on the information provided, that the Ethics Law does not require disqualification by the individual in this matter.
advisoryo.1997.15.htm 97.15. OPINION NO. 97-15. An advisory opinion has been requested as to whether an exception can be allowed where the spouse of a Support Enforcement Agent in a county Department of Social Services (part of the Department of Human Resources, DHR) operates a home day care facility licensed by the Child Care Administration (also a unit of DHR) We conclude based on the information provided regarding the individual's duties and the day care facility that an exception can be ap
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