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The Ethics Commission held its 9th meeting of 2012 on June 19, 2012.

The Commission took the following actions:

Issued Advisory Opinion 2012-14 to Brian Andrade, a prospective Commissioner for the Johnston Housing Authority, a municipal appointed position, opining that the Code of Ethics does not prohibit him from serving as a Commissioner while he is also a Section 8 landlord in Johnston, given that his tenant's Section 8 housing choice voucher was transferred from the Johnston Housing Authority to Rhode Island Housing.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2012-15 to Michael Fine, M.D., the Director of the Department of Health, a state appointed position, opining that the Code of Ethics prohibits his daughter from being hired as an intern in the Division of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology within the Department of Health, given that the Petitioner is the Director of the Department of Health.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2012-16 to Michael E. Dillon, a member of the Foster Town Council, a municipal elected position, opining that he may appear before the Foster Zoning and Planning Boards relative to establishing a residential compound on his personal property, based upon a finding that the unique facts, as represented, justify the application of the hardship exception as provided in Rhode Island General Laws ยง 36-14-5(e)(1) and subject to his recusal from the Town Council's appointment and/or re-appointment of any person to the Zoning and/or Planning Boards.

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