The Executive Ethics Board convened in Regular Session at , at the Lee Ann Miller AGO ConferenceCenter, Rowe 6, Building 1, 4224
6th Avenue SE, Lacey, Washington98504.
CherylRohret, Vice Chair
PaulGillie, Board Member
SutapaBasu, Board Member
Also Present:MegGrimaldi, Executive Secretary
1. PRELIMINARY BUSINESS
Chair Lim,Board Members Gillie, and Basu were present.Board Member Foyd had an excused
absence.Also present were Executive
Secretary Meg Grimaldi and Counsel WilliamB.Collins.Vice Chair Rohret arrived at
b.APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Ms.Grimaldi requested the agenda be amended to
include a proposed Stipulation and Order in EEB Case No. 98-15.Board Member Basu moved to approve the
agenda as amended.Board Member Gillie
seconded the motion and the Board unanimously approved the agenda.
c.APPROVAL OF MINUTES
FROM SEPTEMBER 16, 1999
Basu moved to approve the September
16, 1999, meeting minutes as written.Board Member Gillie seconded the motion and
the Board unanimously approved.
2.REQUEST FOR AN ADVISORY OPINION
a.Draft Advisory Opinion 99-07 – Request
relating to outside compensation for ClarkCollege Employees. Ms.Grimaldi
reviewed the Clark College Foundation’s request for an advisory opinion and
briefed Board members on a staff analysis of the ethics issues raised by the
request under RCW 42.52.110 or RCW 42.52.120.Board members directed staff to obtain more information on the
relationship between the college and the foundation, and practices at other
institutions of higher education within the state.
3.PROPOSED DRAFT LEGISLATION – AWARDS FOR
MERITORIOUS PUBLIC SERVICE.
Mr.Collins reviewed proposed language to amend
RCW 42.52 and permit receipt of cash awards for meritorious public
service.Chair Lim asked whether the
proposal included language from the federal statutes that were reviewed at the
Board meeting on September 16, 1999.Mr.Collins
discussed those subsections based on the federal statutes.Ms.Grimaldi
recommended including a subsection that would have such awards approved by the
appropriate ethics board.Board members
concurred with the staff recommendation.
4.SETTLEMENTS/HEARINGS – EEB CASE NOS. 98-15
AND 98-22.Ms.Grimaldi presented a proposed Stipulation in
EEB Case No. 98-15 to resolve an allegation that a state employee had improperly
used agency e-mail to oppose a citizen’s position on a legislative bill
unrelated to the state employee’s official duties.Under this Stipulation, the employee agreed
to pay a civil penalty of $100.Ms.Grimaldi also presented a proposed Stipulation
in EEB Case No. 98-22 to resolve an allegation that a former state employee
placed an ineligible spouse on state-paid health and dental insurance
plans.Under this Stipulation, the
former employee agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $1575 and a civil
penalty in the amount of $250.
STAFF BRIEFING - Ms.Grimaldi briefed the Board on the following
Approval of Meeting Schedule
for 2000.The Board agreed to the following meeting
dates in the Year 2000:January 7,
February 18, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 16, July 28, September 8, October
13, and November 17.Election of Chair and Vice Chair.Board members agreed that Vice Chair Rohret
would become Chair, and that Board Member Basu would become Vice Chair for the
Year 2000.EEB Budget.Ms.Grimaldi informed the Board that the
Attorney General’s Office had increased the Board’s budget by $85,000 for the
biennium.Reconsideration of Executive Ethics Board decisions in EEB Case Nos.
98-19, 98-20, and 98-24.Ms.Grimaldi presented Mr.DonaldWilliams
who was present to petition the Board to reconsider its no reasonable cause
determinations in these cases.Mr.Williams stated his reasons for objecting to
the Board’s determinations.Installation of Personal Lines on
State-Owned Cellular Phones:Ms.Grimaldi briefed a request from the State
Auditor for clarification on whether state employees could install personal
lines on their state-owned cellular phones.The Board unanimously concurred that personal lines should not be
COMMENTS–No comments were offered.Board member Gillie left the meeting at this time.
Chair Lim called the Board into
Executive Session at to discuss
Board enforcement actions.The Executive
Session ended at
RESUMED - The Board approved the Stipulation and Order for EEB Case No.
98-15 and 98-22without modification.No
member of the Board moved to reconsider Board action in EEB Case Nos. 98-19,
98-20, and 98-24.