MINUTES OF THE STATE ETHICS COMMISSION SPECIAL MEETING
November 4, 2013

One Ashburton Place, Room 619
Boston, MA    02108

PUBLIC SESSION

 

MEETING CONVENED

Chairman Charles B. Swartwood, III called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.  Also in attendance were Commissioners Paula Finley Mangum, Martin F. Murphy, William J. Trach and Regina L. Quinlan.  Chairman Swartwood informed those in attendance that members of the news media would be recording the meeting.  

MEETING SCHEDULE

Chairman Swartwood raised scheduling concerns with the Commission.  Following discussion by the Commission, the Commissioners agreed to make no change to the regularly scheduled November meeting, which will be held November 21, 2013, at 12:30 a.m.

PROPOSED REGULATORY EXEMPTION

General Counsel Deirdre Roney presented a draft regulation (“Draft E”), proposed 930 CMR 6.26, which sets forth two proposed exemptions to sections 7, 14 and 20 of the conflict of interest law.  Following discussion by the Commission, on the motion of Commissioner Murphy, seconded by Commissioner Quinlan, the Commission voted 5-0 to approve the regulatory exemption as drafted and direct staff to commence the rule-making process pursuant to G.L. c. 30A, and schedule public hearings and provide the opportunity for public comment. 

Chairman Swartwood stated for the record that while he previously opposed creating a new regulatory exemption, this draft could have a significant impact, particularly at the municipal level, by allowing business owners to serve in government, and on that basis he had changed his position and would now support the regulatory exemption as drafted

ADJOURNMENT

At 9:28 a.m., on the motion of Commissioner Quinlan, seconded by Commissioner Murphy, the Commission voted 5-0 to adjourn the meeting.  

LIST OF DOCUMENTS USED FOR THIS MEETING

  1. Memorandum dated October 31, 2013 from Karen L. Nober to the Commission concerning a Proposed Regulatory Exemption to Section 7 of G.L. c. 268A.
  2. Draft Exemption E:  6.26 – Exemption Permitting Public Employees to Have Financial Interests in Contracts That Pre-date Their Election or Appointment or Which are Substantially Similar to Contracts That Pre-Date Their Election or Appointment.  Draft Exemptions A-D were previously considered at the Commission’s October 17, 2013 meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Marisa Donelan
Public Education and Communications
Division Deputy Chief