PDFWAC 468-600-038

Conflict of interest by state officials—Appearance of fairness.

(1) Any person elected, appointed or employed by the state, who has a conflict of interest or potential conflict of interest, must disclose such actual or potential conflict of interest and abstain from consideration, discussion, debate, and decision making concerning any project proposal submitted under these rules.
(2) During the pendency of any solicitation, negotiation or selection of a proposal, no member of the commission may engage in ex parte communications with proponents or opponents with respect to the proposal, unless that person:
(a) Places on the record the substance of any written or oral ex parte communications concerning the decision of action; and
(b) Provides that a public announcement of the content of the communication and of the parties' rights to rebut the substance of the communication shall be made at each meeting where action is considered or taken on the subject to which the communication related. This prohibition does not preclude a member of the commission from seeking in a public meeting specific information or data from such parties relative to the decision if both the request and the results are a part of the public record.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.29.030. WSR 07-04-095, § 468-600-038, filed 2/6/07, effective 3/9/07.]