Ethics Commission

Ethics Commission

A West Virginia Ethics Commission panel has dismissed an ethics complaint filed against the state's board of education president.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports board president Mike Green said he received a notice that the Probable Cause Review Board found no reason to continue with an investigation.

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The former executive director of the Boone County Ambulance Authority will be fined $5,000 and publicly reprimanded for ethics violations.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports reports that Ethics Commission members on Thursday approved a conciliation agreement after officials say Randall Lengyel illegally obtained a $103,000 no-interest loan from the authority in order to enhance his retirement benefits.

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The state Ethics Commission has issued rules for West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's taxpayer-funded telephone town halls.

According to The Charleston Gazette-Mail, the commission ruled Thursday that Morrisey can't use his name on pre-recorded robocalls inviting people to participate. The caller can only be identified as the attorney general's office.

Coming soon to a West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles regional office near you — paid commercials on video screens.

The state Ethics Commission approved the commercials Thursday.

To comply with a new law, the Ethics Commission is advising public officials to limit use of their photos on websites and elsewhere.

Thursday's advisory opinion addresses a new state law banning trinkets, from mugs to matchbooks, with officials' names or faces on them.

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The West Virginia Ethics Commission has scheduled a Sept. 29 hearing on ethics charges against the mayor of Marmet.

A commission review board found probable cause that Mayor Bill Pauley used his office for private gain.

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A West Virginia ban on publicly funded trinkets bearing an elected official's name or likeness is becoming effective.

The law prohibiting elected officials from using taxpayer money for certain products and services took effect Thursday.

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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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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.