November 28, 2013 •
Ohio Ethics Commission Issues Rule Regarding Payment and Reimbursement of Travel Expenses
The Ohio Ethics Commission issued a new rule clarifying when another party may pay or reimburse a public official or employee for travel expenses. A public official or employee may accept a thing of value if it “is not of such a character as to manifest a substantial and improper influence on the traveler with respect to that person’s duties.”
A two-prong test has been put in place for determining whether travel expenses or reimbursements are of such character.
The rule overturns portions of two previously issued Ohio Ethics Commission Advisory Opinions. It also requires public officials or employees to disclose the source and amount of all travel expenses and reimbursements.
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