Ethics Commission

Ethics Violation
7:00 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Ex-Huntington Mayor Agrees to Fine in Ethics Probe

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Former Huntington Mayor and Cabell County Sheriff Kim Wolfe has agreed to pay a $1,500 fine as part of a settlement of two ethics complaints.

The state Ethics Commission released an order yesterday in which Wolfe admitted to using county taxpayer dollars for mailings during his 2008 campaign for mayor and accepting tickets to Cincinnati Reds baseball games from a bank doing business with the sheriff's office.

The Republican served as sheriff from 2001 to 2008 and as mayor from 2009 to 2012.

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Ethics Ruling
10:32 am
Fri August 8, 2014

W.Va. Ethics Commission Rules on Legislator Mailings

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The West Virginia Ethics Commission says state lawmakers can't use targeted lists of likely voters when sending letters to constituents prior to elections.

The Charleston Gazette reports the commission's ruling applies to mailings paid for by the Legislature.

The commission ruling says targeted lists of likely voters can't be used in the state-funded mailings within 60 days of an election.

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Ethics
9:58 am
Tue March 18, 2014

State Senator Pulls Ad with WVEA Head Promoting Business

Sen. Bill Cole

A southern West Virginia lawmaker has pulled a television ad for his car dealership that featured a testimonial by the president of the state's largest teachers' union.
 
Sen. Bill Cole says he stopped running the commercial on Monday. The Mercer County Republican says West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee is a longtime customer.
 

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Government
9:10 am
Mon March 17, 2014

W.Va. Ethics Panel Fines State Emergency Official

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A state emergency official who appeared in an online promotional video for a California company has been fined $525 by the West Virginia Ethics Commission.
 
The commission also ordered state emergency communications director Joe Gonzalez to stop taking part in company promotions and to attend ethics training.
 

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The Legislature Today
7:08 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Update on the Governor's Legislative Agenda, Future Fund, Teacher Raises, & WVCBP's Ted Boettner

An update on Governor Tomblin's legislative agenda and members of the Senate Government Organization Committee discuss a House bill that would reform the state Ethics Commission and reduce the number of members it requires. House committees discuss bills from the Senate, including the Future Fund and pay raises for teachers. Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy about various issues, including taxes, the future fund, and the state budget.

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Open Meetings
1:54 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

W.Va. Ethics Panel to Redo Meeting After Violation

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The West Virginia Ethics Commission is redoing its December meeting because of a mistake that resulted in an open meetings violation.
 
     The commission has scheduled a special meeting for Jan. 21 to revisit all the items on December's agenda.
 

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State Law
9:30 am
Fri December 13, 2013

W.Va. Ethics Panel Admits Open Meetings Violation

The executive director of the state Ethics Commission admits the panel violated West Virginia's open meetings law.
 
     The violations occurred Thursday when the commission failed to send the required notice of two meetings to the Secretary of State's Office. One was devoted entirely to open meetings laws.
 
     According to state code, notice of public meetings must be approved and listed online for five business days to be legal.
 

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