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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. Elected Officials and Ethics Commissions -- What Tension Between Them Can Lead To

    ... EC independence is. Three EC members were up for term renewal, and two of them were renewed by the mayor. The one that wasn't ... panel's eight-year history to be denied a second four-year term despite a willingness to serve." The council has to approve the new ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-07-16 12:59 - 0 comments

  9. Officials Accepting Tickets to Events Where They Have a Ceremonial Function

    ... defined except, occasionally, in advisory opinions. The term is generally used to exclude certain gifts from being either disclosed or ... mayors, and then a minor scandal. A variation of this term is the ceremonial "occasion." Considering the official's function is to ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-07-06 10:17 - 0 comments

  10. Paper Tigers

    ... in the area of enforcement. "Window dressing" is one term for such reforms. " Paper tiger " is another. And that's the term employed by Bill Pascoe in his CQ Politics column yesterday. He ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-05-28 08:59 - 0 comments