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1 Ohio Ethics Commission Ohio’s Ethics Laws : It’s About More than a Box of Chocolates! Susan Willeke Education Coordinator

2 Ohio Ethics Law: Why?  Prevent public officials or employees from acting on conflicts of interest  Provide remedies of: Advice Education Financial Disclosure Investigation

3 Ohio Ethics Law: Who?  All public officials and employees at every level of government elected office holders public employees  Those who do business with public officials and employees

4 Ohio Ethics Commission: Roles and Responsibilities  Six commission members  Bipartisan commission  Members appointed by governor; confirmed by Senate  Six-year staggered terms  Advice  Education  Financial Disclosure  Investigation  Legislation

5 Conflict of Interest

6 Conflict of Interest: Public Employees  Ohio Ethics Law prohibits: Use of authority or influence to secure something of value Soliciting or accepting something of value  In both cases: If it could pose a substantial and improper influence in performance of duties

7 Conflict of Interest: Private Parties  Ohio Ethics Law prohibits: Promising or giving something of value to a public employee  Again… If it could pose a substantial and improper influence in performance of the public employee’s duties

8 Substantial and Improper  Substantial: Look to the value of the thing  Improper: Look to the source of the thing

9 Conflicts of Interest: Such As?  Consulting/Outside Employment  Entertainment  Gifts  Travel, meals, lodging

10 Supplemental Compensation  Public employee: cannot be compensated from anyone other than my employer for doing job duties  Private sector parties: cannot compensate public employee for doing job duties

11 Public Contracts

12 Public Contract Restrictions  Ohio Ethics Law prohibits: Use of authority to secure public contract for self, family members or business associates Having an interest in profits/benefits of public contract with “connected” agency Profiting from self-approved contract

13 Public Contract Exceptions:  Necessary supplies / services  Supplies unobtainable elsewhere or “continuous course of dealing”  Preferential or same treatment as other customers  Arm’s length transaction

14 “All I did was get my brother a job in my office!”  Employment is a public contract!  Nepotism is illegal!  Public employees cannot enter into public contracts with family members!

15 Post Employment

16 Post Employment: General Revolving Door  Representation prohibition  Any matter  Personal participation  During public service  One year after  No compensation required

17 Confidentiality  Disclosure and use of confidential information: LIFETIME PROHIBITION!  During and after leaving office  No compensation required

18 General Rule Personal financial interests? My family member’s financial interests? My business associate’s financial interests? ETHICS ISSUE!

19 Call us before you act! The Ohio Ethics Commission 8 East Long Street 10 th Floor Columbus, Ohio Phone: (614) Fax: (614) Website:


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