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Misuse of Public Position- Conflict of Interest Law, Section 23(b)(2)ii

Restrictions on using public positions to get something you are not entitled to, or to get someone else something they are not entitled to, is prohibited. Causing someone else to do these things is also prohibited.

A public employee may not use her official position to get something worth $50 or more that would not be properly available to other similarly situated individuals. Similarly, a public employee may not use her official position to get something worth $50 or more for someone else that would not be properly available to other similarly situated individuals. Causing someone else to do these things is also prohibited.

Example of violation : A state employee writes a novel on work time, using her office computer, and directing her secretary to proofread the draft.

Example of violation : The commissioner of a state agency directs subordinates to drive her wife to and from the grocery store.

Example of violation : An assistant attorney general avoids a speeding ticket by asking the police officer who stops him, "Do you know who I am?" and showing his state I.D.

Example of violation : A full-time town employee writes a novel on work time, using her office computer, and directing her secretary to proofread the draft.

Example of violation : A city councilor directs subordinates to drive the councilor's wife to and from the grocery store.

Example of violation : A mayor avoids a speeding ticket by asking the police officer who stops him, "Do you know who I am?" and showing his municipal I.D.

Example of violation : A county employee writes a novel on work time, using her office computer, and directing her secretary to proofread the draft.

Example of violation : The commissioner of a county agency directs subordinates to drive his spouse to and from the grocery store.

Example of violation : A county commissioner avoids a speeding ticket by asking the police officer who stops him, "Do you know who I am?" and showing his county I.D.

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