Maine LD 6: Resolve, To Implement Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Strengthen the Ethics Practices and Procedures for Executive Branch Employees

LD 6 (subjects: GOVERNMENTAL ETHICS , STATE EMPLOYEES )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=6&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Chuck Kruger of Thomaston: (D – District 92) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

0 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
1/7/2015 House Representative KRUGER for the Government Oversight Committee pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 997, subsection 2 reports that the Resolve be REFERRED to the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT and printed pursuant to Joint Rule 218.
Report was READ and ACCEPTED.
The Resolve was REFERRED to the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
1/8/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED , in concurrence. On motion by Senator Willette of Aroostook REFERRED to the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT , in concurrence.
4/14/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative McCABE of Skowhegan TABLED pending ACCEPTANCE of Either Report.

Later today assigned.
4/14/2015 House Unfinished Business
4/16/2015 House Unfinished Business
4/21/2015 House Unfinished Business
4/23/2015 House Unfinished Business
4/28/2015 House Unfinished Business
4/29/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
On motion of Representative MARTIN of Sinclair, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
The Resolve was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-52) was READ.
On motion of Representative KRUGER of Thomaston, House Amendment “A” (H-87) to Committee Amendment “A” (H-52) was READ and ADOPTED.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-52) as Amended by House Amendment “A” (H-87) thereto ADOPTED.
TOMORROW ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING.
4/30/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.
READ the Second Time.
The Resolve was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-52) as Amended by House Amendment “A” (H-87) thereto.
ROLL CALL NO. 47
(Yeas 134 – Nays 13 – Absent 4 – Excused 0)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/5/2015 Senate Reports READ On motion by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset, Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT
5/6/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/7/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/12/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/13/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/14/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/19/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/20/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/21/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/26/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
5/27/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
On motion by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset the Majority Ought to Pass As Amended Report ACCEPTED , in concurrence.
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 97 27 Yeas – 5 Nays- 3 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (H-52) READ
House Amendment “A” (H-87) to Committee Amendment “A” (H-52) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-52) As Amended By House Amendment “A” (H-87) thereto ADOPTED , in concurrence.
Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-52) As Amended By House Amendment “A” (H-87) thereto , in concurrence.
5/29/2015 House FINALLY PASSED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/1/2015 Senate On motion by Senator HAMPER of Oxford PLACED ON THE SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS TABLE pending FINAL PASSAGE , in concurrence.
6/30/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 555.
7/16/2015 House Carried over from the Special Appropriations Table to any special or regular session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 555.
4/29/2016 Senate In possession of the Senate when the Senate ADJOURNED SINE DIE and PLACED IN THE LEGISLATIVE FILES (DEAD).

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 6 as originally introduced. L.D. 6 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-52) H-A to C-A (H-87) .

Resolve, To Implement Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Strengthen the Ethics Practices and Procedures for Executive Branch Employees

Sec.
1.
Consolidation of ethics standards for state employees. Resolved: That the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, referred to in this resolve as “the department,” shall develop a consolidated code of ethics and conduct for state employees, referred to in this resolve as “the code,” along with legislation required to implement the code. As used in this resolve, “state employee” means any regular classified or unclassified officer or employee of the executive branch.

In developing the code, the department shall incorporate, as appropriate:

1. Recommendations contained in “Report on Ethics Laws for Executive Branch Employees” prepared by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices and published in December 2009;

2. Standards of ethics and conduct that exist in statute, executive order, the state administrative and accounting manual and state agency policies, including standards for information technology use and personnel policies;

3. Standards to address ethical situations not addressed in the existing standards, including but not limited to gifts, personal and business relationships affecting impartiality, post-state employment, use of government property and conflicting outside employment and activities;

4. Standards regarding employee ethics and guidance adopted for employees of the Federal Government and other states; and

5. Input from the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices and other relevant organizations with expertise in the development and maintenance of ethics policies and standards; and be it further

Sec.
2.
Code training and communications. Resolved: That the department shall develop and implement a training and communications plan to increase the awareness and accountability of state employees regarding the code. The plan must provide for clear and regular communications to state employees; accessible formal and informal guidance documents, including plain language explanations; and ongoing training opportunities for state employees. The department shall consider incorporating in the plan a mechanism for periodic confirmation of awareness of the standards in the code by individual state employees. The plan must be developed in conformity with the applicable recommendations contained in “Report on Ethics Laws for Executive Branch Employees” prepared by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices and published in December 2009; and be it further

Sec.
3.
Code guidance and reporting avenues. Resolved: That the department shall establish and implement clear avenues and procedures for state employees to seek guidance regarding the code and to report potential violations of the code. The procedures must include provisions for confidential reporting; and be it further

Sec.
4.
Report. Resolved: That the department shall submit an interim report to the Government Oversight Committee no later than October 1, 2015 describing the status of the work undertaken to that date pursuant to this resolve. The report must include, but is not limited to, a timeline that establishes specific dates for completion of work required by the resolve. The department shall submit a final report documenting its work pursuant to this resolve, together with implementing legislation, to the Government Oversight Committee and the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government not later than December 1, 2015. The Government Oversight Committee is authorized to submit legislation related to the report to the Second Regular Session of the 127th Legislature; and be it further

Sec.
5.
Recommendation for legislative branch. Resolved: That the Government Oversight Committee, based on the final report provided to the committee by the department pursuant to section 4, may recommend a similar consolidated code of ethics and conduct and related procedures to the Legislative Council for use by the Legislature.

summary

This resolve implements the recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee stemming from 2 reports of the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability: “Public Utilities Commission” and “Healthy Maine Partnerships’ FY13 Contracts and Funding.” The resolve directs the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to take certain steps to strengthen the ethics standards and practices for executive branch employees by developing a consolidated code based in part on recommendations contained in a December 2009 report to the Legislature from the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices entitled “Report on Ethics Laws for Executive Branch Employees.” This resolve also requires the department to implement procedures for employees to seek guidance on ethics and to report potential ethics violations. The committee also is authorized to recommend to the Legislative Council a similar code of ethics and conduct for use by the Legislature.

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