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--Special Ethics Commission meeting: The Ethics Commission will meet on Friday, August 18, at 10:00 a.m., 210 Brooks Street, Third Floor Conference Room in Charleston. To view the agenda, click here.

--Final Decision issued in Complaint:  On August 3, the Ethics Commission ordered J. Michael Ihle, former Mayor of Ravenswood, to pay a $536.77 fine and to reimburse the Commission $2,076.50 for its costs of prosecuting his violation of the Ethics Act. Ihle was found to have used his public office for his own private gain by utilizing a City-owned cell phone during this campaign for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates.  To view the Commission’s Final Decision and Order, click here.

--Advisory Opinions issued:  The Ethics Commission, and its Committee on Open Governmental Meetings, issued four Advisory Opinions on August 3. To view the Opinions, click here.

--Public hearing scheduled:  A public hearing regarding charges against Cheryle Hall, former Clerk of the West Virginia Court of Claims, will begin on September 28. To view the Statement of Charges and Notice of Hearing in this matter, click here.

-Changes to Ethics Act: Changes to the Ethics Act made by the West Virginia Legislature during the 2017 Regular Session went into effect on July 7, 2017. To view a summary of the changes, click here.

--Disclosure of “interested parties” to contracts:  Beginning July 7, 2017, business entities which have been awarded certain types of contracts with a state agency must submit to the state agency a disclosure of “interested parties” to the applicable contract. The Ethics Commission accepts completed disclosure forms ONLY from state agencies. To download the form, click here.  To view the statute (W. Va. Code §§ 6D-1-1 through 6D-1-4) which went into effect on July 7, click here.  Questions regarding the statute should be directed to the contracting agency.  To view Disclosure of Interested Parties to Contracts forms which have been submitted, click here.

--Lobbyist Directory:  To view the West Virginia Lobbyist Directory, click here.

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