NOTICE OF OPEN MEETING
DATE: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
PLACE: Rhode Island Ethics Commission
Hearing - 8th Floor
40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903
1. Motion to approve minutes of Open Session held on August 8, 2017.
2. Advisory Opinions:
a.) Arthur Jacques, a member of the Lime Rock Board of Fire Commissioners, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether he may continue his employment as an independent contractor with the Lime Rock Fire District, a position that he has held since prior to his election to the Lime Rock Board of Fire Commissioners.
b.) Christopher B. Frenier, a Probation and Parole Supervisor for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether the Code of Ethics prohibits him from working, in his private capacity, as an adjunct professor at Rhode Island College.
c.) Steven J. Williams, a member of the Charlestown Town Council, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether he may participate in the Town Council’s consideration of increasing the amount of a tax credit available to veterans, given that he is a veteran who is eligible for the existing tax credit.
d.) Kevin M. Lynch, a Deputy Administrator for the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers, a state employee position, requests an advisory opinion regarding the application of the Code of Ethics to his public employment, given that his son has been hired as an employee of Narragansett Electric Company, an entity that is regulated by the Petitioner’s agency.
e.) Gregory Maxwell, AIA, a member of the East Greenwich Historic District Commission, who in his private capacity is an architect, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether he qualifies for a hardship exception to the Code of Ethics’ prohibition on representing a client before his own board. [Request for Withdrawal]
3. Director’s Report:
a.) Docket Status Update.
4. Motion to go into Executive Session, to wit:
a.) Motion to approve minutes of Executive Session held on August 8, 2017, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2) and (4).
b.) In re: Maxine Cavanagh, Complaint No. 2017-3, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2) and (4).
c.) Interview of and discussion re: Legal Counsel Applicant.
d.) Antonio S. Fonseca v. Rhode Island Ethics Commission et al., Superior Court C.A. No. PC-2017-3591, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2).
e.) Motion to return to Open Session.
5. Motion to seal minutes of the Executive Session held on September 12, 2017.
6. Report on actions taken in Executive Session.
7. Discussion of and potential decision re: Search for Legal Counsel.
8. Report from Commission staff, and discussion, regarding recodification and reformatting of Commission Regulations to conform to requirements of amended Administrative Procedures Act for inclusion in a uniform Rhode Island Code of Regulations (RICR).
9. New Business proposed for future Commission agendas and general comments from the Commission.
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Posted on September 7, 2017