Ethics Commission

Assignment Instructions

Please choose 1 of the 2 topics below:

A)You are on your state Ethics Commission and have been asked to provide an advisory opinion on the following: The agency director received an invitation to a golf outing sponsored by a party that is seeking to do business with their agency. As part of the invitation they will provide the round fee, a cart, and dinner after the round. There are public and private officials that have been invited to the event. The director would attend on non-work time and has not promised anything in return. Does the ethics law in your state allow this? What is the law? What are the implications of accepting this invitation? Does your state address golf specifically or is it under their gift provisions? What would you do in this instance? Is there information that is not given that you would use in making the decision? Please draft an advisory response from the Commission. Please back up your answer with at least three sources, one of which is your state regulation that covers this area. Your sources can be primary regulations, journals, or state websites such as that of your Ethics Commission. Your response should follow the format of an advisory opinion such as the example below. The answer should be at least 5 pages in APA format (though the example is not).

For the state it would be either Alabama or Texas

Instead of quoting large amounts of law, use your own words to summarize it (citing it, of course) to show you understand its meaning.

B) You have been asked to write an advisory opinion for your State Ethics Commission. The requester is the assistant director for your state’s public library. The library has a policy of hiring substitute librarians when someone is on leave and there is currently an opening. The assistant director’s mother has applied. There are over 100 other employees in the library system and this position does not report directly to the assistant director. The hiring authority would be Human Resources but the assistant director would normally have final approval. Is there information that is not given that you would use in making the decision? Please draft an advisory response from the Commission. Please back up your answer with at least three sources, one of which is your state regulation that covers this area. Your sources can be primary regulations, journals, or state websites such as that of your Ethics Commission. Your response should follow the format of an advisory opinion such as the example below. The answer should be at least 5 pages in APA format (though the example is not).

For the state it would be either Alabama or Texas

Instead of quoting large amounts of law, use your own words to summarize it (citing it, of course) to show you understand its meaning.