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NOTICE OF OPEN MEETING

AGENDA

12th Meeting

 

DATE: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE: Rhode Island Ethics Commission
Hearing Room - 8th Floor
40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903

1. Motion to approve minutes of Open Session held on June 5, 2018.

2. Advisory Opinions:

a.) The Honorable Adam J. Satchell, a legislator serving in the Rhode Island Senate, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether he may participate in the Senate’s discussions and voting relative to legislation that would provide for a stipend to be paid to all retired teachers or their beneficiaries during years where no cost of living adjustments are applied to teachers’ retirement benefits, given that he is a public school teacher who is vested in the Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island.

b.) Gail Hallock Cyr, AIA, a member of the North Kingstown Historic District Commission, who in her private capacity is an architect, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether she qualifies for a hardship exception to the Code of Ethics’ prohibition on representing her client before her own board.

c.) Alberto LaGreca, a member of the Smithfield Town Council, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether he may participate in the Town Council’s discussions and decision-making relative to a potential amendment to a town ordinance that affords a tax freeze to Smithfield senior citizens, given that he and his spouse qualify for and receive the tax freeze.

d.) Maxine Cavanagh, a member of the Smithfield Town Council, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether she may participate in the Town Council’s discussions and decision-making relative to a potential amendment to a town ordinance that affords a tax freeze to Smithfield senior citizens, given that she and her spouse qualify for and receive the tax freeze.

e.) Pamela Sherrill, a member of the Rhode Island Scenic Roadways Board, a state appointed position, who also serves as the Executive Director of the East Providence Waterfront Special Development District Commission, a quasi-public state agency, requests an advisory opinion regarding whether the Code of Ethics prohibits her from participating in the Scenic Roadways Board’s discussions and voting to approve aesthetic developments along Veterans Memorial Parkway, given that the East Providence Waterfront Special Development District Commission is responsible for approving structural developments in areas that abut Veterans Memorial Parkway.

3. Motion to go into Executive Session, to wit:

a.) Motion to approve minutes of Executive Session held on June 5, 2018, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2) and (4).

b.) In re: Nicholas J. Izzi, Complaint No. 2018-7, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(2) and (4).

c.) Annual discussion and review re: Legal Counsel’s contract, pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(1).

d.) Motion to return to Open Session.

4. Motion to seal minutes of Executive Session held on June 19, 2018.

5. Report on actions taken in Executive Session.

6. Annual discussion and potential vote re:  Legal Counsel’s contract.

7. Director’s Report:  Status report and updates regarding

a.) Complaints and investigations pending;

b.) Advisory opinions pending;

c.) Financial disclosure, including discussion of compliance rate for 2017;

d.) Regulations, including update on proposed rulemaking to amend Regulation 1006.

e.) Legislation, including status of 2018 H 8042, an Act to require online access to all financial disclosure statements;

f.) Personnel, including update on filling Staff Attorney IV position; and

g.) Access to Public Records Act requests since last meeting.

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

9. Adjournment.

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Posted on June 14, 2018