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--Search for 2017 FDSs on this website:  Completed FDSs filed by the following filers during 2017 may be viewed on this website by clicking here: 
        • 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), and
        • Members of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

--Lobbyist Directory:  Printed copies of the 2017 Lobbyist Directory were mailed to registered lobbyists and were provided to members of the Legislature.  An online version of the Directory, which was updated on February 9, 2017, may be accessed by clicking here.

--Public Reprimand Issued: The Ethics Commission issued a public reprimand and fined James Eli Rubenstein, Commissioner of the Division of Corrections and former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, on February 2 as part of a Conciliation Agreement. To view the Agreement, click here.

--Advisory Opinions issued: On February 2, the Ethics Commission issued School Board Advisory Opinion 2017-01 and Advisory Opinion 2017-03. To view these Opinions, click here.

--Financial Disclosure Statements were due on February 1:  Completed Financial Disclosure Statements from public officials and employees required to file them were due on February 1, 2017.  The following categories of public servants are required to file a FDS form:

• All elected officials in West Virginia;
• Persons elected to statewide offices;
• All county elected officials;
• Officials elected in Charleston and Fairmont municipal elections;
• Members of county Boards of Education;
• County school superintendents;
• Members of state boards, commissions and agencies who were appointed by the Governor;
• Secretaries of Departments;
• Commissioners, deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners;
• Directors, deputy directors and assistant directors;
• Department heads, deputy department heads and assistant department heads;
• Candidates for elected statewide and county public offices, and
• Candidates in Charleston and Fairmont municipal elections.

To file your FDS directly online, click here.  To access a fillable form, click here.  Please type directly on the form, print and sign it, and email it to ellen.m.briggs@wv.gov.  Please request a “delivery” or “return” receipt on the email which you send. Forms also may be hand-delivered or mailed to the Ethics Commission at 210 Brooks Street, Suite 300, Charleston, WV 25301. 

--2017-2018 Lobbyist Registrations:   Lobbyists must register or re-register with the Ethics Commission before lobbying in 2017.  Lobbyist Registration Statements and Employer Representation/Authorization forms are available on this website under "Lobbyist Information" and then under "Registration."  Lobbyists who had been registered during the 2015-2016 registration cycle who have not completed their training for that cycle will not be allowed to register for the 2017-2018 registration cycle until they complete that training.  Questions should be directed to Lobbyist Registrar Teri Anderson at Teri.L.Anderson@wv.gov or at (304)558-0664.

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