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--Public Reprimands Issued: On February 4, 2016, the Ethics Commission issued public reprimands as part of settlement agreements of ethics Complaints filed against two former public servants. Public reprimands were issued against Harold D. Green, former President of the Boone County Ambulance Authority’s Board of Directors, and Joseph S. Gollie, former Vice President of the Board. The two were also ordered to pay fines of $1,000 each and to undergo training on the Ethics Act. To view the agreements, click here.

--Advisory Opinions issued:  The Ethics Commission issued two Advisory Opinions on February 4, 2016.  To view the Opinions, click here.  The Commission’s Committee on Open Governmental Meetings also issued an Advisory Opinion, which may be viewed by clicking here.

--Information for 2016 Candidates:
The Ethics Act requires candidates for all state and county offices to file a FDS within 10 days of filing their certificates of announcement of their candidacy. However, candidates who had filed a FDS during 2015 need not file another one during 2016 if they are a candidate only and not a current office holder who must file a FDS by virtue of holding that position.

--Report of Lobbyist Spending Sept.-Dec. 2015:  The Ethics Commission has compiled a report listing the spending reported by registered lobbyists for the reporting period of September 1-December 31, 2015.  To view that report, click here.  A listing of registered lobbyists who failed to file a Lobbyist Activity Report for that period may be viewed by clicking here.  

--2016 Lobbyist Directory:  To view a pdf copy of the Directory, click here.

--Financial Disclosure Statements Due Feb. 1, 2016:  Persons required to file annual Financial Disclosure Statements were required to file by Feb. 1.  Those who must file include persons elected to statewide offices, judicial positions, county positions, offices in Charleston and Fairmont; members of county boards of education; school board superintendents; members of state boards, commissions and agencies who were appointed by the governor; state executive branch department secretaries, commissioners, deputy commissioners, assistant commissioners, directors, deputy directors, assistant directors, department heads, deputy department heads and assistant department heads, and candidates for elected statewide and county public offices and candidates in Charleston and Fairmont municipal elections. 
         To obtain a copy of the form, click here. 

--“Trinkets” Legislative Rule: The Ethics Commission’s Emergency Legislative Rule relating to the “trinkets” statute became effective on June 23, 2015.  The statute, which is part of the Ethics Act, is at W. Va. Code § 6B-2-5c.  The statute may be viewed by clicking here.  The Emergency Rule may be viewed by clicking here.  To view five Advisory Opinions regarding the statute, click here.


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