The RI Department of Labor and Training, the RI Office of the Attorney General and the RI Ethics Commission delivered their annual training session for state board members today at DLT.
Topics included overviews on the state’s Code of Ethics and Open Meeting Act and detailed hearing procedures for chairpersons and board members serving on boards and commissions throughout state government.
“We appreciate the chance to gather experts from across state government and make this training available to the citizens who volunteer their time serving on boards and commissions,” said DLT Director Charles J. Fogarty. “Without volunteers, many important functions of Rhode Island government simply would not be conducted. At the same time, it’s crucial for our volunteer board and commission members to know and understand the rules and their obligations in serving.”
For more information on the Code of Ethics’ language on conflicts of interest, please click here.
After a welcome from Director Fogarty, presenters included Chief DLT Legal Counsel Sean Fontes, Special Assistant Attorney General Lisa Pinsonneault, Ethics Commission Education Coordinator and Staff Attorney Jason Gramitt, and Val Lombardi and Angelyne Cooper, attorneys who also serve on DLT’s legal team.
“It was well worth the time spent and would be beneficial for new board members to attend,” said one attendee, Michael Daley, who currently serves as a member of the Board of Electricians.
Jason Gramitt, Education Coordinator
RI Ethics Commission
Val Lombardi, Senior Legal Counsel
RI Dept. of Labor and Training
ABOUT DLT: The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Island’s workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers. For more information on the programs and services available to all Rhode Islanders, please call the RI Department of Labor and Training at (401) 462-8000 or visit the web site at www.dlt.ri.gov.