News and Announcements
--Advisory Opinions issued: The Ethics Commission issued two Advisory Opinions and a Contract Exemption on September 7, 2017. To view these documents, click here.
--Hearing set for Oct. 10: A public hearing regarding charges against Cheryle Hall, former Clerk of the West Virginia Court of Claims, will begin on Tuesday, October 10. To view the Amended Notice of Hearing and Statement of Charges in this matter, click here.
--Lobbyist training October 17: The Ethics Commission will present a one-hour training course for registered lobbyists on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Ethics Commission’s offices beginning at 10:00 a.m. All lobbyists must complete a one-hour ethics training course during the 2017-2018 registration cycle. To register for the training, contact Teri Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (304)558-0664.
--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 his campaign for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates. To view the Commission’s Final Decision and Order, click here.
--Disclosure of “interested parties” to contracts: 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 which went into effect on July 7, 2017, click here. Questions regarding the statute should be directed to the contracting agency. To view Disclosures which have been filed with the Ethics Commission, 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.
--Lobbyist Directory: To view the West Virginia Lobbyist Directory, click here.