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The Distinction between ‘Legal’ and ‘Ethical’ Behavior

The Distinction between ‘Legal’ and ‘Ethical’ Behavior

December 11, 2017 by Jim Doherty
Category: Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

The line between what is legal and what is ethical is not always clear. Legal Consultant Jim Doherty looks at the definitions of each and the role these concepts play in the public sphere. 

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Confidentiality and Executive Sessions

Confidentiality and Executive Sessions

August 10, 2017 by Paul Sullivan
Category: Open Public Meetings Act , Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

In this blog post, MRSC Legal Consultant Paul Sullivan gives an overview of the new formal Attorney General Opinion (AGO 2017 No. 5), issued on August 3, 2017, which provides instruction on the confidentiality of information learned in executive sessions. 

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Everybody Loves to Receive a Gift

October 16, 2012 by Jim Doherty
Category: Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

But city, county, and special district officials are constrained as to receiving gifts by a state statute that lays out a "code of ethics" for municipal officers -- RCW 42.23.070.
As to gifts, there is very clear wording in RCW 42.23.070(2):

No municipal officer may, directly or indirectly, give or receive or agree to receive any compensation, gift, reward, or...

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