Ethical Questions Force Resignation Of State School Board Member

Dec 10, 2013

A state school board member has resigned amid ethical questions.

 Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has details.

Lawmakers and people who work at the Ohio Statehouse know Bryan Williams as a former lawmaker who also works as a lobbyist for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio.  He’s also been serving as a member on the state’s board of education.  But questions have been raised about whether his work as a lobbyist violated Ohio’s ethics law.  An Ohio Ethics Commission advisory says elected members of a state board may not be registered lobbyists.  So Williams has submitted his resignation to state school board president Debe Terhar.  The resignation is effective immediately.  A new board member is expected to be chosen to replace him soon.