EXECUTIVE ETHICS BOARD
REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES
The Executive Ethics Board convened in Regular Session at , at the Lee Ann Miller AGO
1. PRELIMINARY BUSINESS.
a. ROLL CALL.
Chair Lim, Vice
Chair Rohret, Board Members Gillie and Foyd were present. Board Member Basu had an excused
absence. Also present were Executive
Secretary Meg Grimaldi,
b. APPROVAL OF AGENDA.
The Board unanimously approved the agenda as drafted.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
FROM REGULAR MEETING ON
Board member Foyd moved to
approve the minutes of the
2. REQUESTS FOR ADVISORY OPINION.
a. Draft Advisory Opinion 98-10 relating
to receipt of door prizes.
b. Draft Advisory Opinion 99-05 relating to receipt of an award by the Attorney
Board Member Gillie moved to respond to the request by informing the Attorney General that, after consideration of the materials and the provisions of the state’s ethics law, the Board determined that there is no reason for her not to accept the award from Good Housekeeping. Board Member Foyd seconded the motion. Discussion on the motion followed. The
motion was defeated by a vote of 3 to 1.
The Board unanimously
agreed that the Good Housekeeping Award was given for merit in government
service, and that such an award should be allowed under the state’s ethics
law. Chair Lim expressed her concern
that the statute allowed acceptance of awards for academic or scientific
achievement, but not for merit.
Chair Lim called for a short recess at Board Member Gillie left the meeting.
resumed at Discussion continued. Public comments were made by
The consensus of the Board was that the Attorney General could not accept the $25,000 cash award that accompanied her selection as grand prize winner of the Good Housekeeping Women in Government Contest. The Board requested that its decision be conveyed to the Attorney General immediately, with an advisory opinion to be issued at a later date.
Stipulation and Order in EEB Case No. 99-02. Ms. Grimaldi presented the proposed Stipulation and Order for EEB Case No. 99-02 resolving allegations that Mr. Frederick Bletson, Jr., improperly used state resources, including e-mail and the Internet, for purposes unrelated to his official duties, in violation of college policy, WAC 292-110-010, and RCW 42.52.160(1).
The Board unanimously approved the Stipulation and Order in EEB Case No. 99-02,
with the following modification to the first sentence under IV,1.: “subject to payment in full of the civil penalty owed in the amount of $500.00.”
PUBLIC COMMENTS/BOARD COMMENTS. No further public comments were offered.
SESSION. Chair Lim called the Board into Executive
Session to discuss Board enforcement actions.
The Executive Session convened at and ended at
ADJOURNMENT. The public meeting adjourned at
Approved by the Executive Ethics Board