Rep. Brandon Vick appointed to Legislative Ethics Board

Rep. Brandon Vick appointed to Legislative Ethics Board

Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Felida, was chosen to serve on the Legislative Ethics Board. This is a unconventional appointment for a freshmen legislator since the position is usually assigned to those with extensive legislative experience. The board administers the State Ethics Act, which states that “ethics in government are the foundation on which the structure of government rests.”   “We are pleased to have someone like Brandon who can represent the House on this board,” said House Republican Leader Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis. “Despite this being his first legislative session, he has proved to be a natural leader and a great example. Brandon is the type of legislator that will help foster and renew an environment of trust in our state government.”   In Washington state, the Public Disclosure Commission focuses on campaign reporting while the Legislative Ethics Board ensures standards are met in the performance of duties. It is the job of the board to investigate alleged violations where offices, personnel, titles, or resources have been used for personal gain or influence, conflict of interest or campaigning. The board holds monthly meetings to investigate complaints and issue advisory opinions.   “As elected officials, we have a responsibility to all Washingtonians to abide by a strict ethical and moral compass,” Vick said. “I am honored to be appointed as one of the nine members of the Legislative Ethics Board. I believe the operations of this board encourage the public's faith, trust and confidence in our state government and its an assignment I take seriously.”   The next meeting of the board is April 18. The 2013 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn April 28.  

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