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  1. An Ethics Code in a Charter

    ... a budget sufficient to hire experts to advise it. C. Term and Vacancies . Task Force members will serve until the Code has ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-03-09 16:57 - 0 comments

  2. When Voting Is Damaging, No Matter What the Ethics Code Says

    ... by the state ethics law . That law does not include the term "financial interest," nor does it talk in terms of direct and indirect ... interests affected. (By the way, this is the only use of the term "pecuniary interest" in the ethics law, but it is a common term in state ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-05-04 11:36 - 0 comments

  3. A Judicial Decision Involving the Language of "Interest" and Non-Financial Benefits

    ... That's one reason why "interest" is such a confusing term. It is not used because it is the best or clearest term. It is used because of the term "conflict of interest," and because lawyers feel comfortable with it. ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-11-13 10:58 - 0 comments

  4. An Attempt to Extend Legislative Immunity to Exclude Testimony and the Vagueness of "Regulated by the City"

    ... argument in this memorandum (p. 15 et seq) is that the term "regulated by the city" in the ethics code is void for vagueness. There is a long argument about what this term covers, since, as in most ethics codes where it appears (usually in ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-09-11 10:00 - 0 comments

  5. The Revolving Door Between Board Membershp and a Job Approved by the Board

    ... when the ethics commission was asked for a waiver (a term that better describes the action than the term "approval"). The EC waived the prohibition in a case where a member of the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-07-22 09:27 - 0 comments

  6. Indirect Conflicts Involving Appointments

    ... a mayoral candidate, the candidate was elected, and the term of an EC member's term had come to an end, the mayor should either renew the member's term or let ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-10-31 11:15 - 0 comments

  7. "Interest" vs. "Benefit"

    ... verb). Another advantage of "benefit" is that using this term makes it clear why gifts are conflicts of interest. In fact, many ethics codes use the term "benefit" instead of "gift." The word "benefit" gives an ethics code more ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-04-23 10:40 - 0 comments

  8. A New Twist on Charity Abuse by Politicians

    ... to call in a few chits. The mayor wants to get rid of the term limits law so he can run for a third term, and who better than respected charity heads to talk the mayor up publicly ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-10-20 15:37 - 0 comments

  9. Book Excerpt 1: Fiduciary Duty

    ... Government ethics codes don’t usually use the term “fiduciary duty.” However, the first substantive provision in ... to a beneficiary, which is the most common use of the term “fiduciary.” The difference is inherent in our form of government. In ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-05-31 06:36 - 0 comments

  10. D.C. Council Inappropriately Overrides EC Advisory Opinion

    ... illustrative scenarios, the opinion essentially defined the term "usual and customary constituent services," which is an exception to the ... amending its code of conduct in order to define this same term, but with far more limited language and with no guidance at all. There are ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-02-26 10:53 - 0 comments