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Bill would make some NC government dating relationships a conflict

Posted March 17, 2015

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— A bipartisan group of lawmakers filed a bill Tuesday to make a "dating relationship or current sexual relationship" a conflict of interest.

Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, said the bill is a result of a recent Ethics Commission advisory opinion that said sex between lobbyists and lawmakers was not "a thing of value" that needs to be reported under current rules.

House Bill 252 is co-sponsored by Reps. Leo Daughtry, R-Johnston, John Faircloth, R-Guilford, and Grier Martin, D-Wake.

Glazier said the commission was right that such a relationship was not a thing of value, but he said "it is a pure conflict of interest."

The bill would require lawmakers and executive branch officials to abstain from any decision if it involves a subject on which a lobbyist to whom they are married or dating tries to exert influence.

Glazier acknowledges there's no registry for people who are dating.

"Is it self-reporting? Yes," he said, adding that the bill would require people to be cautious.

"This creates real consequences. If you're found in violation, you have violated the ethics law," he said.

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  • Carl Keehn Mar 18, 2015
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    Although they may not fall under 138a, they do fall under general statute 133-32. Executive Order 24 on October 2, 2009 placed all executive agency employees under control of 133-32 as a result of a series of "violations" by the Department of Transportation.

  • Roy Hinkley Mar 17, 2015
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    The bill focuses solely on lobbyists and liaison personnel interacting with folks covered by the state ethics law (G.S. 138A).

    Most state employees who are married to other state employees will never be covered by this law.

  • Roy Hinkley Mar 17, 2015
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    Huh?

  • Carl Keehn Mar 17, 2015
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    There are controls put into place to prevent a conflict of interest. You would not have a husband and wife working for the same agency or department, especially if there is a possibility if one would supervise or have influence over the other. Unfortunately, the code of ethics which applies to Executive Agencies does not apply to the Legislature.

  • Eric Gee Mar 17, 2015
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    well, im reassure it apparently i #all of them in government, I feel long you dothe job what home and not at the office isn't government business

  • Wolfpack Granny Mar 17, 2015
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    I guess I am going to throw a monkey wrench into this mix...then, what are you going to do with the countless number of married couples working in state government???