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Title 3 : Executive

Chapter 031 : GOVERNMENTAL ETHICS

Subchapter 002 : DISCLOSURES

(Cite as: 3 V.S.A. § 1211)
  • § 1211. Executive officers; annual disclosure

    (a) Annually, each Executive officer shall file with the State Ethics Commission a disclosure form that contains the following information in regard to the previous 12 months:

    (1) Each source, but not amount, of personal income of the officer and of his or her spouse or domestic partner, and of the officer together with his or her spouse or domestic partner, that totals more than $5,000.00, including any of the sources meeting that total described as follows:

    (A) employment, including the employer or business name and address and, if self-employed, a description of the nature of the self-employment without needing to disclose any individual clients; and

    (B) investments, described generally as "investment income."

    (2) Any board, commission, or other entity that is regulated by law or that receives funding from the State on which the officer served and the officer's position on that entity.

    (3) Any company of which the officer or his or her spouse or domestic partner, or the officer together with his or her spouse or domestic partner, owned more than 10 percent.

    (4) Any lease or contract with the State held or entered into by:

    (A) the officer or his or her spouse or domestic partner; or

    (B) a company of which the officer or his or her spouse or domestic partner, or the officer together with his or her spouse or domestic partner, owned more than 10 percent.

    (b) In addition, if an Executive officer's spouse or domestic partner is a lobbyist, the officer shall disclose that fact and provide the name of his or her spouse or domestic partner and, if applicable, the name of his or her lobbying firm.

    (c)(1) Disclosure forms shall contain the statement, "I certify that the information provided on all pages of this disclosure form is true to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief."

    (2) Each Executive officer shall sign his or her disclosure form in order to certify it in accordance with this subsection.

    (d)(1) An officer shall file his or her disclosure on or before January 15 of each year or, if he or she is appointed after January 15, within 10 days after that appointment.

    (2) An officer who filed this disclosure form as a candidate in accordance with 17 V.S.A. § 2414 in the preceding year and whose disclosure information has not changed since that filing may update that filing to indicate that there has been no change.

    (e) As used in this section:

    (1) "Domestic partner" means an individual with whom the Executive officer has an enduring domestic relationship of a spousal nature, as long as the officer and the domestic partner:

    (A) have shared a residence for at least six consecutive months;

    (B) are at least 18 years of age;

    (C) are not married to or considered a domestic partner of another individual;

    (D) are not related by blood closer than would bar marriage under State law; and

    (E) have agreed between themselves to be responsible for each other's welfare.

    (2) "Lobbyist" and "lobbying firm" shall have the same meanings as in 2 V.S.A. § 261. (Added 2017, No. 79, § 7, eff. Jan. 1, 2018; amended 2021, No. 44, § 1, eff. June 1, 2021.)