Ethics. How does learning about ethics differ from learning about other stuff? What ethical rules will provide infallible guidance for dealing with every situation? What can you do to reduce risk in this area?. “Problems” in Ethics: Ethics as Values.
“Thus, although the rule of the Ethics Commission is more liberal, allowing relatively generous exceptions for public members of boards and commissions, we conclude that compliance with such ethics rules will not, and cannot, guarantee that an officer engaging in such conduct will not be subject to criminal sanction and disqualification to hold office under Article X, Section 11 of the Oklahoma Constitution. Conduct that avoids violation of the conflict of interest principles set out in Article X, Section 11 will also avoid violation of the Ethics Commission rules, but not vice versa. If a public member of a board engages in conduct allowed under the provisions of [the Ethics Commission Rules], he or she runs the risk of violating the more stringent constitutional prohibitions.
The Ethics Commission Rules cannot be read as granting an exception to the Article X, Section 11 prohibition.
Whether a public officer would be prosecuted for a conflict of interest under Article X, Section 11 rests in sound discretion of the district attorney with jurisdiction over the matter. Whether a particular offense is prosecuted as a crime under Article X, Section 11 is a matter of prosecutorial discretion.”
What You Should Know
A meeting occurs when a majority of a public body are physically together “conducting public business” -- even if no action is planned or taken.
Time and place must be convenient to the public guidance provided by the Ethics CommissionMeeting Places
Not covered unless committee has actual or de facto decision-making power
Adventures in Open Records in the Electronic Age
Includes all documents guidance provided by the Ethics Commission
Created by or in the possession
Of officials or employees
In connection with
Transaction of public business
Expenditure of public funds
Administering of public propertyWhat Is a Record?
Have any private, non-medical institutions transitioned to an interpretation that tenure does not guarantee a specific or recurring level of salary or compensation for faculty?
Any policies or written materials relevant to this matter would be appreciated.
I’ve got to leave for my meeting now and won’t be back till around 10:00 and you will be asleep. Good night, baby. I miss you, but will see you soon. I wish I could give you a nice long sensual kiss before you go to bed, but I’ll save it for when I come out there. Isn’t it funny how it worked out after all. Sleep well. All my love,
Everything else, including
Challenges for Government Officials and Their Lawyers
Officials: familiarize yourself with the openness practices of other, similar public bodies.