Commissioners opted not to actively support or oppose six other bills dealing with state ethics law, including three bills (HB2029, HB2748, HB2796) that would require lobbyists to disclose all sources of compensation, and/or contracts will all employers.
Other bills would bar lobbyists from making campaign contributions during legislative sessions (SB28), would prohibit public officials and employees from using public funds for self-promotion (SB217), and would prohibit public officials from having photo depictions of themselves on publicly owned vehicles (HB2885).
On those bills, Parker and other Ethics Commission staffers may appear before legislative committees to answer questions, but will not officially support or oppose the legislation.
Also Thursday, Parker announced two new vacancies on the 12-member commission: Ron Salmons resigned, after it was determined there were too many commissioners from the 3rd Congressional district, and newly appointed Commissioner Marie Redd resigned in order to run for the Cabell County Commission.
In December, the commission had a full compliment of commissioners for the first time in years, after Gov. Earl Ray Tomb
lin made appointments to fill three vacancies.
A bill now in the House (HB4298) would simplify the process of filling commission vacancies by increasing the number of at-large members.
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