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Ethics Commission - Ethics Opinions 2014 


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2014 Ethics Opinions





The members of the Severn River Commission are no longer included in the definition of employees covered by the ethics law.  Since the ethics law no longer applies to them, the ethics commission cannot provide advice concerning the application of the ethics law to the members of the SRC. 



An employee may not accept a gift or gratuity in excess of $20 from a contractor who is seeking to do business with the county, specifically involving a facility managed by that employee.


An employee may work in an official capacity writing a periodic column for a local newspaper, subject to the employee's supervisor's approval, as long as the employee is not compensated and does not endorse any products or service providers.



Coworkers may buy and sell from each other as long as the activity is not related to county business and as long as the transactions are not done on county time or in the work place.


Employees may not sell goods or services, or raise money for charitable causes during work hours or in county facilities, unless the charitable activity is expressly approved by the county executive.


An exception to the prohibition on holding certain financial interests is granted for an employee whose spouse is a principal owner of an entity doing business with the employee's agency, under the specific circumstances described in the opinion.  


Members of the county council may not accept an invitation from a lobbyist to a party if the cost per person exceeds $25 or if the donor has currently pending business with the council.    


The Anne Arundel Commission on Disabilities Issues may not host a candidates' forum and county facilities and resources, including the use of county employees to provide support services for this event, is prohibitied by the prestige of office provision of Sec. 7-5-107(a) of the ethics law.

Firefighters may solicit funds for the "Fill the Boot" charitable drive if the activity is approved by the county executive, subject to the conditions set forth in the opinion.


While a county employee may be employed by a private entity that does business with the county (unless that business involves the employee's own agency), the employee may not bid, negotiate or otherwise represent or assist that agency before any government agency or in any matter in which the county government has an interest.


Employees of a county agency may not accept a gift of a day trip to New York City to visit the the vendor's facility because the gift, including bus fare and lunch, exceeds the maximum value of permissible gifts under the ethics law.  


Employees may not accept an invitation to dinner with a lobbyist if the value of the meal exceeds $25 per person.



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