|Index of Opinions 2007|
A member of the board of appeals may not participate in any matter in which the community association to which the member belongs has an interest or takes a position.
Police officers may not accept employment with private security firms to work as uniformed security guards.
A council member may vote on legislation affecting the fire department, where the member’s spouse is a firefighter, because the spouse has no interest in the legislation and it will have no impact on the spouse’s terms or conditions of employment.
The administrative officer to the county council may engage in secondary employment as an inspector for the liquor board.
The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation may solicit sponsorships for a planned event, following the guidelines set forth in the opinion.
A volunteer firefighter may be hired as the fire department’s volunteer coordinator but as an employee of the county, the volunteer coodinator may not serve as an officer or director of the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association.
A member of the county council who is also an attorney, may not participate in legislation that will affect the interests of a client of the member’s law firm.
A member of the county council who also owns a tavern may not participate in legislation having to do with smoking inside bars and restaurants since that legislation the member has an interest in the outcome of the legislation.
County police officers may not engage in secondary employment where alcohol is sold or served.
A member of the Board of Appeals may be employed by the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, under the circumstances described in the opinion, and subject to the provisions on non-participation in certain matters.
The former planning and zoning officer may participate in a contract involving the office of planning and zoning where the contract does not involve confidential information or matters in which the former employee participated significantly as an employee.
A planner may join the board of a land trust organization under the circumstances described in the opinion, provided that the employee does not assist or represent the organization in matters in which the county may have an interest.
A member of the Planning Advisory Board may host a radio show on a local station owned by a community association, subject to provisions on non-participation.
An employee may not accept travel expenses to a meeting from a donor doing business with the county because the employee is not a scheduled speaker or panelist at the meeting.
An employee may not accept a ticket valued at $500, to attend an awards dinner that is offered by a business entity because of the employee’s position with the county.
A council member may not participate in legislative activity on a bill that is proposed by an local council of an organization to which the council member belongs, even though the member belongs to a different local council.
|AO-07-34 (Addendum) |
Council members affiliated with a national organization through different local councils may not participate in legislation proposed by a private entity that was incorporated to support another local council of the national organization.
Employee in county executive’s office may not accept free tuition from membership organization made up primarily of controlled donors because as a gift, it is not a permissible exception to the gift prohibitions and because acceptance would constitute an abuse of position.
A county liquor board inspector may accept an appointment to the city liquor board.
The county may not permit a private for-profit entity to use a county facility to hold a seminar for profit, even if the quid pro quo would include free tuition for one or two county employees.
An employee may not participate in a task force to study issues relating to a special event if that employee participates in a group that contracts with the holder of the event to perform at the event.
|AO-07-60 and AO-07-60 (revised) |
An agency may contract with an entity where the owner is qualified relative of the employee, but the employee may not participate in any matter having to do with the contract. Additionally, the employee must terminate any financial, employment, or contractual relationship with the entity.
An employee in DPW may not sign a building permit application in Anne Arundel County on behalf of an entity for which he serves as a trustee, and the employee may not participate in any review of the application.
A council member may participate in legislative action on a bill that would require applicants for certain permits to pay a fee to be applied to stormwater management and restoration even though the council member is a permit applicant, because current and future applicants comprise a large class of the general public.
A department may not participate as a vendor in an event sponsored by a private entity and for reasons set forth in AO-07-42, may not permit the private entity to use county facilities to hold this event.
A gift card worth $100 given to a department by a vendor is a gift to the county, to be accepted and disposed of pursuant to the county’s published administrative procedures.
A council member whose spouse works for the health department may generally participate in legislation affecting the health department as long as the member’s spouse does not have an interest in the legislation.
On-site training held by contractors may be made available to non-county employees under the limited circumstances set forth in the opinion.
A member of the Planning Advisory Board may continue to belong to various civic associations but the ethics law will limit the board member's participation in both the private organizations and the PAB.