Ohio Ethics Commission places informal opinions on web site

On Tuesday, the Ohio Ethics Commission announced that it has made more than 400 informal advisory opinions, issued between 1988 and 2013, available on its web site. 

The Commission issues three kinds of advisory opinions: 

jhardin@ohiosc… Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:22
Superintendents and their families

In the April OSBA Journal, the ‘According to Law’ article discussed nepotism restrictions. The article’s focus was on Ohio Revised Code (RC) Section 2921.42(A)(1), which prohibits any public official from authorizing the employment of a family member or using his or her position to secure authorization of a family member’s employment. However, we’ve received some questions since then on superintendents making employment recommendations for family members.

mgreulich@ohio… Fri, 04/21/2017 - 14:18
Ohio Ethics Commission issues guidelines for public servants employed by nonprofit corporations

On June 10, 2016, the Ohio Ethics Commission (OEC) issued Advisory Opinion No. 2016-01, considering whether a city council member can be employed as director of a nonprofit corporation that receives financial support from the city.  While the opinion specifically discusses city officials, its conclusions also apply to elected and appointed school board and educational service center (ESC) governing board members.   

Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 07/03/2016 - 00:16
Question of the week: Does our board-member elect have a conflict of interest? (Part 4 of 4)

In our final blog post for 2015, we’re taking a look at the last of the most common conflict-of-interest questions OSBA receives on its hotline: board members who hold more than one public office.  Previous weeks have covered scenarios where:

syazback@ohios… Wed, 12/30/2015 - 15:35
Does our board-member elect have a conflict of interest? (Part 3 of 4)

This month, we’ve been looking at the most common questions OSBA attorneys receive regarding board member conflicts-of-interest.  Those include:

syazback@ohios… Wed, 12/23/2015 - 13:28
Does our board member elect have a conflict of interest? (Part 2 of 4)

Through the month of December, we’re looking at the most common scenarios in which an incoming board member may have a conflict of interest.  Last week, we discussed individuals currently working and volunteering for the district (you can read that blog entry here).  This week, we’ll take a look at board members that have family members working for the school district.  In the coming weeks, we’ll look at board members that are employed by or own a company that has an active contract with the d

syazback@ohios… Fri, 12/11/2015 - 16:07
Question of the week: Does our board member elect have a conflict of interest?

Hundreds of new individuals will begin serving on school boards in Ohio next month.  The legal hotline has received several questions about conflicts of interest for incoming members.  (Remember: OSBA attorneys cannot provide a legal analysis of the specifics for a board member, but we can provide legal information to help you determine whether you should speak with board counsel about a potential conflict.)

While it can arise in many contexts, we most commonly receive the question as one of four basic scenarios:

syazback@ohios… Fri, 12/04/2015 - 13:34
Judge vacates arbitrators decision in Legal Assistance Fund case

The OSBA Legal Assistance Fund (LAF) recently provided support to the Chardon Local School District Board of Education by providing financial assistance in a teacher termination case.

sclark@ohiosch… Mon, 09/17/2012 - 13:20
Are members of the governing board of a community school subject to the Ohio Ethics Law and related statutes?

Yes. On April 22, 2010, the Ohio Ethics Commission (OEC) issued Advisory Opinion No. 2010-01 regarding the application of the Ethics Law to community school officials. All governing boards of community schools are required to sign contracts agreeing to be bound by RC Chapter 102 and Section 2921.42.

tkgadmin Tue, 05/03/2011 - 12:48