Today Wayne Barnett, Executive Director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC), published a finding that Council member Kshama Sawant did not violate the city’s Ethics Code by directing her staff to use city-owned copying machines to generate materials for a rally she organized to promote the head tax.
Earlier this week, the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC) held its monthly meeting (video). Top of the agenda: taking up once again the proposed change to the city’s conflict of interest rule for elected officials in light of the change to district-based Council positions.
In June 2016 the City Council considered an update to the city’s conflict of interest rules that would allow Council members to continue to participate in a legislative act in which she or he has a conflict of interest if that conflict is publicly disclosed first. After a contentious debate, it was referred back to committee, where it has languished for almost two years. This week it will be revived and get another hearing in committee.
This afternoon the City Council sent a controversial bill amending the ethics code for Council members back for more work in committee.
It’s going to be a very busy week for the Council. Especially Tuesday. Continue reading This week: busy busy busy
A trickle of City Council-related news this Monday morning, dominated by op-eds. Continue reading News roundup
Lots of bits and pieces for Wednesday morning.
After a contentious discussion this morning, the Council decided this afternoon to postpone their final vote on the ordinance updating the ethics code as it applies to them.
A few notes from this morning’s Council Briefing session, where the Council members go around the table and talk about the Monday afternoon agenda, committee meetings coming up later in the week, and whatever else they are up to.
Wednesday afternoon the Council’s Education, Education and Governance Committee considered a change to their rules around financial disclosures and recusals, because while the need for them hasn’t changed, the context in which they are happening has.