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1994 Wis Eth Bd 03 - DISQUALIFICATION; IMPROPER USE OF OFFICE; LEGISLATORS; LOBBYING

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The Ethics Board advises that the lobbying law does not pose an obstacle to
an official’s spouse's employment as a lobbyist. However, an official should
avoid placing himself or herself in a position in which a conflict of interest
may arise. In instances of occasional and infrequent conflicts, an official can
avoid a violation of the Ethics Code by refraining from any official discussions
or votes on matters on which the spouse's employer lobbies or has a
demonstrated interest before the official’s agency. An official should also
refrain from extending any special access or assistance to his or her spouse or
spouse's employer in agency matters. If conflicts are frequent and continuing,
public policy may best be served by divesting either the private
interest or the public responsibilities.
OEB94-3 (August 18, 1994)