News and Announcements
--Advisory Opinions issued: The Ethics Commission issued Advisory Opinion 2016-12, and the Commission’s Committee on Open Governmental Meetings issued Open Meetings Advisory Opinion OMAO 2016-02, on September 1. To view the Opinions, click here.
--Contract Exemption issued: The Ethics Commission issued Contract Exemption 2016-02 on September 1. To view the Exemption, click here.
--Lobbyist Activity Reports due September 15: All registered lobbyists must file their second 2016 Lobbyist Activity Report by September 15 regardless of whether they lobbied or spent money lobbying during the reporting period of May 1 through August 31, 2016. For a blank reporting form, click here.
--Public Reprimands Issued: On August 4, the Ethics Commission approved the settlement of Ethics Act Complaints filed against Bernard L. Fazzini, former Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Central West Virginia Transit Authority (“CENTRA”), and John P. Aman, CENTRA’s former General Manager. The Commission issued public reprimands against Fazzini and Aman and fined each $500 for violations of the contract prohibitions and “use of public office for private gain” provisions of the Ethics Act. To view the Conciliation Agreements, click here.
--Name/likeness/“trinkets” statute and Advisory Opinions: The 2016 Legislative changes to the Ethics Act's limitations on a public official’s or employee’s use of his/her name or likeness on items purchased with public funds went into effect on June 10, 2016. To view a summary of the provisions, click here. To view two Advisory Opinions which interpret the 2016 statute, click here.
--Search for FDSs on this website: Completed FDSs for the following filers for 2012-16 may be viewed on this website:
• Members of the Legislature (Senate and House of Delegates);
• Members of the Board of Public Works (Governor, Treasurer, Auditor, Secretary of State, Commissioner of Agriculture, Attorney General);
• Members of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, and
• Candidates for these positions.
Click here: Search for a Filed Financial Disclosure Statement