NOTICE OF OPEN MEETING
DATE: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
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 January 23, 2018.
2. Advisory Opinions:
a.) Michael Babbitt, a member of the Town of Lincoln Budget Board, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether he may participate in the Lincoln High School Building Committee’s selection and oversight of a construction manager for the high school renovation project, given that it is expected that his private employer will submit a bid.
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, on his own time and in his private capacity, as a part-time counselor with a private psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts.
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 clients before his own board.
3. Legislative Update: A general discussion of the General Assembly’s 2018 legislative session including updates on legislative ethics trainings, discussion of the Commission’s legislative priorities, and a review of the Commission’s procedures for tracking legislation that may impact the Commission’s work or the Code of Ethics.
4. Director’s Report:
a.) Docket Status Update.
5. Motion to go into Executive Session, to wit:
a.) Motion to approve minutes of Executive Session held on January 23, 2018, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2), (3) and (4).
a.) Motion to return to Open Session.
6. Report on actions taken in Executive Session.
7. New Business proposed for future Commission agendas and general comments from the Commission.
8. Public Workshop: The Ethics Commission will hold a public workshop to consider previously submitted written comments, to hear oral comments, and to have a discussion relative to the following two questions, consistent with a previously published Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-35-2.5:
a.) Should the Ethics Commission issue a publicly-available, written decision at any time it dismisses a complaint at the Probable Cause hearing, providing the Commission’s rationale and basis for the dismissal?
b.) Should the Ethics Commission continue to make public the Prosecutor’s Investigative Report after the Probable Cause Hearing, including in cases where the complaint is dismissed because there is not enough evidence to prove a violation of the Code of Ethics?
ANYONE WISHING TO ATTEND THIS MEETING WHO MAY HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS FOR ACCESS OR SERVICES SUCH AS A SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER, PLEASE CONTACT THE COMMISSION BY TELEPHONE AT 222-3790, 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING. THE COMMISSION ALSO MAY BE CONTACTED THROUGH RHODE ISLAND RELAY, A TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICE, AT 1-800-RI5-5555.
Posted on February 1, 2018