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NOTICE OF OPEN MEETING

AGENDA

13th Meeting

 

DATE: Tuesday, November 14, 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 October 17, 2017.

2. Advisory Opinions:

a.) Virginia Lee, a member of the Charlestown Town Council, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether she may participate in the Town Council’s consideration of an increase in the amount of a tax credit available to veterans, given that her domestic partner is eligible for the existing tax credit.

b.) Bonnita B. Van Slyke, a member of the Charlestown Town Council, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether she may participate in the Town Council’s consideration of an increase in the amount of a tax credit available to veterans, given that her spouse is eligible for the existing tax credit.

c.) 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.

d.) Joseph C. Perry, Jr., a member of the Tiverton Town Council, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether he may participate in contract negotiations between the Town of Tiverton and the local bargaining unit for Tiverton’s fire fighters, given that he is a retired Tiverton fire fighter who receives a continuing health care benefit.

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 October 17, 2017, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2) and (4).

b.) In re: Cristine McBurney, Complaint No. 2017-9, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2) and (4).

c.) 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).

d.) Luis Aponte v. Rhode Island Ethics Commission, Superior Court C.A. No. PC2017-1557, 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 November 14, 2017.

6. Report on actions taken in Executive Session.

7. New Business proposed for future Commission agendas and general comments from the Commission.

8. Adjournment.

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Posted on November 9, 2017