EXECUTIVE ETHICS BOARD
2425 Bristol Court SW– 1st Floor Conference Room 148 – Olympia, WA
March 31, 2008
Special Meeting Minutes
(some members participating via teleconference)
The special meeting of the Washington State Executive Ethics Board (EEB) was called to order by Chair Judy Golberg at 9:15 a.m. In attendance were Members Evelyn Yenson and Linnaea Jablonski. Board staff in attendance included: Executive Director Melanie de Leon, Senior Assistant Attorney General Linda Moran, Administrative Officer Ruthann Bryant and Investigators Nancy Lewin and Sue Jones.
B. Advisory Opinion Request
Melanie de Leon briefly summarized a request by the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ICSEW) requesting an informal staff analysis asking if they could solicit donations from other state employees, businesses, the general public and legislators to be used for a silent auction benefitting a local charity. She also reported on the legal analysis requested by the Board at its March 14th meeting. She suggested that a possible solution may be to allow the committee to get donations from within their own agencies, but not allow them to solicit donations outside of their organizations until the “agency head” of the ICSEW establishes a written policy specifically addressing how and when the committee members can solicit outside businesses and legislators for charitable donations.
Motion 08-010 Moved by Member Yenson, seconded by Member Jablonski:
The Board confirms that ICSEW members could inform employees of their own individual state agencies of the upcoming silent auction and allow these state employees to voluntarily donate items to the auction if the member’s state agency has a policy in place that allows them to do so. In addition, the Board requests that for future activities, the “agency head” of the ICSEW needs to have a policy approved by the Board that specifies activities by the ICSEW that support organizational effectiveness and delineates what state resources can be used for these activities. If these activities include soliciting for charities, the policy should state who can be solicited and provide guidance for this solicitation.
The motion passed unanimously.
There being no miscellaneous matters, the meeting was adjourned at 9:45 a.m.
Approved by the Board 4/11/08