Regular Meeting Minutes---Amended
A. Preliminary Business
1. Roll Call
The regular meeting of the Washington State Executive Ethics Board
(EEB) was called to order by Vice Chair
2. Approval of Agenda
Members Scarbrough moved, Zellinsky seconded to approve the agenda. MOTION carried.
Member Golberg asked that the word “recorder” be stricken from her name.
Member Akana asked that language be included to indicate that
under section E 1, language be added to indicate that she and
Member Akana also asked that it be noted in the minutes that
In the section relating to HB 2809, Member Akana asked that language be included to indicate that the board does not have a similar interpretation as the Legislative Ethics Board---it does allow buy-downs or the splitting of the cost of an item valued at more than $50 among several individuals so that the cost per person giving the gift is less than $50.
and Golberg asked that information should be added to reflect that the board
accepted the stipulations for Meeks and
Member Scarbrough moved and Chair Zellinsky seconded to approve
B. Staff Reports
1. Legislative Update
HB 2089, which would have changed the gift limit to $75, and SB 6026, which would have extended the board member term limits to 10 years both failed to pass.
HB 1806 and SB 5811, the ethical transfer of technology bill, passed both the House and Senate and is on its way to the Governor’s office for signing.
HB 1944 pertaining to raffles has passed out of the House and is on the Senate Floor.
HB 1051 and SB 5046, modifying provisions governing ethics complaints, has passed both the House and Senate and is on its way to the Governor’s office for signing.
Budget: the Governor’s version and Senate’s version of the budget includes an additional 1.5 FTE’s for the board. The Speaker of the House’s version, not yet passed by the House, also includes the 1.5 FTE’s.
Member Akana asked about the letter to the Governor relating to HB
1806 that was discussed during the
Chair Zellinsky stated that rule making was easier and quicker. He also believed that a letter should still be sent to the Governor now that legislation has passed.
Member Golberg suggested the letter be in the form of
questions. Member Scarbrough said the
letter should indicate the board’s willingness to meet with the Governor’s
representatives assist with the development of ethics rules for the university
2. Case Statistics
Staff briefed the board members on the status of current cases.
C. Public Comment/Board Member Comment
It was noted that
D. Work Session
1. Publish Advisory Opinions, Final Orders, Agreed-upon Stipulations on the website in their entirety;
2. The strategic plan prioritization will remain as-is;
3. Brochures and other training tools for the public as well as board members will be designed;
6. The advisory group will be reestablished;
7. A CD will be developed to include all training materials;
8. Investigations will be streamlined in order to reduce the current backlog.
i. A penalty guideline document will be developed;
ii. A policy will be developed for executive director dismissals (without conducting full investigations into “minor and inadvertent” complaints);
iii. Possibly look for a legislative “fix” on State Auditor Office Whistleblower complaints and how the information is transmitted to the EEB investigators;
9. A flow chart showing the relationship between the Board and the Attorney General’s Office and a memo of understanding regarding the relationship will be developed;
10. A retreat will be scheduled for July so that the Board can discuss potential legislation and other topics of interest.
E. Executive or Closed Session
At the Board moved into Executive Session to receive and evaluate complaints against public employees or officers with staff and Board counsel in attendance.
F. Miscellaneous Matters/Adjournment
The Board returned to public session at and there being no miscellaneous matters, the meeting was adjourned.