Ohio Ethics Commission - Financial Disclosure Filing - Review of filed statements kept confidential by statute.

Published: 2017-02-11

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(A) The commission will examine each financial disclosure statement required to be kept confidential to determine whether the potential for a conflict of interest exists for the person who filed the financial disclosure statement.

(B) The potential for a conflict of interest exists if the private interests of the filer, as indicated by the financial disclosure statement, might interfere with the public interests the filer is required to serve in the exercise of the authority and duties of his or her office or position of employment.

(C) The commission will make the final determination of whether any information disclosed represents the potential for a conflict of interest. Upon a final determination by the commission and notification to the filer, any portion of a form reflecting the potential for a conflict of interest will be available for public inspection.

(D) The finding, by the commission, of the potential for a conflict of interest does not represent any finding of wrongdoing. The finding reminds the filer to guide any official actions regarding the interest in question in accordance with the law.

(E) The commission may, pursuant to section 102.06 of the Revised Code, require a filer of a confidential statement to complete a statement of interest, or request other information, disclosing whether the filer received income from, had investments with, or had any personal financial or fiduciary ties to, any person or entity doing or seeking to do business with, regulated by, or interested in matters before the filer's public agency.