The Ethics Commission held its 11th meeting of 2012 on August 21, 2012.
The Commission took the following actions:
Issued Advisory Opinion 2012-20 to Brian M. Daniels, the Director of Performance Management in the Office of the Governor, opining that he may accept a position as the Director of Performance Management within the newly created Office of Management and Budget, given that the unique circumstances presented support an exception to the Code of Ethics' revolving door provision.
Issued Advisory Opinion 2012-21 to George M. Muksian, Esq., chief legal counsel for the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, opining that members of a governing body or board of directors of a charter school are persons subject to the provision of the Code of Ethics.
Issued Advisory Opinion 2012-22 to George McKinnon, a member of the Smithfield Zoning Board of Review, opining that the Code of Ethics does not prohibit him from participating in the Zoning Board's consideration of a special use permit application involving a coffee shop that is his employer's tenant's competitor.
Issued Advisory Opinion 2012-23 to Mario Carlino, a member of the Board of the Narragansett Bay Commission, opining that he may participate in discussion and voting relative to construction projects involving DiGregorio, Inc., notwithstanding that his godfather's son has an ownership interest in the business.
Issued Advisory Opinion 2012-24 to Rose Marie Cipriano, a member of the Smithfield Financial Review Commission, opining that the Code of Ethics does not prohibit her from being a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the State of Rhode Island and the Employees' Retirement System of Rhode Island.
Issued Advisory Opinion 2012-25 to Peter B. Baute, M.D., a New Shoreham Town Council member, opining that he is required to recuse from the Town Council's consideration of matters involving Block Island Health Services, a non-profit which receives an annual subsidy from the Town of New Shoreham, given that he is currently the interim administrator of Block Island Health Services.