Under the law, public officials must submit the forms, which disclose all sources of income over $1,000 and all business interests of $10,000 or more, each Feb. 1.
Failure to submit the disclosure is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail. Candidates who fail to submit disclosures cannot appear on election ballots.
To date, ethics staffers have sent four notices to individuals who have not filed their disclosures.
"There are still about 200 or so we haven't heard from," said commission administrator Lucy Suchy.
As part of 2011 legislation toughening the Ethics Act, the commission has authority to publish names of individuals who fail to file financial disclosures.
• Determined a county commission may not hire a private attorney who maintains a criminal defense practice in the county to represent the county on civil matters.
Commissioners concluded that would create inescapable conflicts, including the potential that criminal defendants would hire the attorney because of his relationships with the county sheriff's department and county prosecutor's office.
• Ruled that state employees may set up planters on a state-owned parking garage to grow produce and flowers to distribute to low-income families served by the state agency.
"When the overriding benefit is to the public," Parker said, "that benefit outweighs or legitimizes any private gain."
• Ruled that a state elected official may serve as secretary of his local Masonic Lodge and accept an expense reimbursement of $300 a month.
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